give (someone) the green light

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give (someone) the green light

To grant someone permission to proceed with some action or task. Likened to the green light of a traffic signal. We're just waiting our manager to give us the green light before we release the latest software update.
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But councillors on the Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-Committee yesterday gave them the green light.
County officials, who were unsure last week whether the county could conduct background checks on the employees because the county's policy makes no mention of running backgrounds on current employees, said the county counsel gave them the green light this week to conduct the checks.