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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CLYDE can't change their ground unless the Scottish Football League give them the green light.
But Mr Johnson will give them the green light and insist no retailers have been forced to close by similar policies abroad - where underage smoking rates have been cut by up to 10%.
If I have guys that are smart baserunners, I'll give them the green light to go.