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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The Chelsea defender is hoping the Blues give him the green light to be one of three over-age players in the Brazil squad for the London Games.
He must now wait for a High Court judge to give him the green light to run at the Beijing Games by issuing an injunction against a British Olympic Association bylaw.
The New Zealander's powers of persuasion convinced the Union's general committee to give him the green light at an one-hour meeting at the Millennium Stadium.
And if specialists give him the green light, 34-year-old Gullit could return to first-team action against Leicester at Filbert Street.