give the green light

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give somebody/something the green light

also give the green light to somebody/something
to give permission for something to happen She's waiting for her doctor to give her the green light to play in Saturday's game.
Usage notes: also used in the form give a green light: The House of Representatives gave a green light to oil exploration off the East Coast.
See also: give, green, light

give somebody/something the green light

to give permission for someone to do something or for something to happen (often + to do sth) They've just been given the green light to build two new supermarkets in the region. (often + to ) The local prefect has given the green light to the dam at Serre de la Fare.
See also: give, green, light
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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.