give the green light

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 Assembly has now confirmed it would give the green light for a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) of Somerfield's land.
The measure also would beef up sanctions for those who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, and give the green light to building a fence along 700 miles of Mexican border.
26 of this 1968 statement by the Canadian bishops on Humanae vitae, the bishops give the green light (erroneously) to a married couple's subjective defence of the use of contraception, even though contraception is intrinsically evil: "[T]hey may be safely assured that whoever honestly chooses (emphasis mine) that course which seems right to him does so in good conscience.
More than 2000 of them have signed a petition demanding that the Meath County Council give the green light to Lidl, which is known for rock-bottom prices.
The move followed protests by peers that the Government's plans to change the law would give the green light to gay men to have sex in public toilets.
Planning bosses are set to give the green light to an application by the Brandon Hall Hotel in Brandon Lane to build about 80 extra bedrooms and a new leisure centre.
Now fun-loving Celts followers are urging their club to join in the crack and give the green light to our blow-up bangers that have captured the imagination of the entire country.
It now appears that the United States did more than give the green light.
The amendment could also give the green light to agencies to base procurement of engineering services solely on lowest bid, thereby totally avoiding the Congressionally-mandated qualifications-based selection procedure.
I think the important thing here is give the green light to the private sector and the utilities and give them nuclear as an option.
The council members voted unanimously to give the green light to the 9,600-square-foot shopping center to be built at the corner of Golden Valley Road and Sierra Highway at the edge of a planned 150-home development.
But officers at Rugby Town Hall are advising members of the borough council's planning committee to give the green light.
HSDI will provide the physician the data necessary to suggest a "smart directed biopsy(TM)", if needed, for cancer detection or give the green light to say to the patient: `All is fine
Analysts say many of Hollywood's service providers have been hurt in the past year by intense competition and by major studios' decisions to keep closer watch on spending and to give the green light to fewer big-budget projects.
If the motion for the new hearing is denied, the court will issue a mandate that would give the green light for Rogers' extradition.