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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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.