give (one) the green light

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give (one) 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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give someone/something the green light

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give the green light to someone/something

COMMON If someone in authority gives someone or something the green light or gives the green light to someone or something, they allow someone to do something or something to happen. He has finally been given the green light to build five new houses on the land. Note: You can also say that someone gets the green light. I've got a bunch more songs, and if I can get the green light from my manager, I'd like to go straight back in and record some more. Note: People use a green light to mean permission from someone in authority. Is that a green light for interest-rate cuts?
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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.