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red light

1. noun On a traffic light, the color that means "stop." I pulled up to the red light and stopped the car. Please be careful driving out there—people are maniacs and don't even stop at red lights!
2. noun A message or signal to stop. I'm really not interested in dating Rob, and I thought I gave him a red light, but he keeps pursuing me nonetheless.
3. adjective (often hyphenated) Indicative of a brothel (due to the practice of using red lamps to show that an establishment is a brothel). Be careful if you venture into the red-light district, there are a lot of shady characters there.
See also: light, red
References in classic literature ?
It is time the little playfellow went in, I think; and there is a very bright fire to tempt her: the red light shines out under the deepening gray of the sky.
He stood with his back to the boy looking steadily at the dark line of outlying scrub, seeing in reality nothing, yet keenly anxious that the red light of the dancing flames should not fall upon his face.
Any one who had looked at him as the red light shone upon his pale face, strange straining eyes, and meagre form, would perhaps have understood the mixture of contemptuous pity, dread, and suspicion with which he was regarded by his neighbours in Raveloe.
We spoke no more, though we had become too used to one another for the silence to be awkward; and when the red light and the white had disappeared we returned to the cabin to finish the interrupted supper.
As the red light arose and fell, a numerous congregation alternately shone forth, then disappeared in shadow, and again grew, as it were, out of the darkness, peopling the heart of the solitary woods at once.
He could see the forms of men throwing black shadows in the red light, and as he went nearer it became known to him in some way that the ground was strewn with sleeping men.
The red light had faded from the swift-flowing water, and had left it overspread with one monotonous hue of steely gray.
We had made out the red light in that bay and steered for it, guessing it must mark some small coasting port.
Assured by these tokens, and by the red light which began to flash upon the houses on either side, that some of his friends were indeed approaching, he begged a moment's shelter at a door which opened as he passed, and running with some other persons to an upper window, looked out upon the crowd.
Venus, bright and silvery, shone with her soft light low down in the west behind the birch trees, and high up in the east twinkled the red lights of Arcturus.
Dubai: There were more than 14,200 cases of running the red light recorded by Dubai Traffic Police in the first eight months of 2016, almost a 9.
The red light at the junction of Crosby Road South and Cambridge Road notched up 883 penalties, in 13th place.
The Red Light Camera System Must Be Installed In Strict Accordance With Installation Plans
In fact drivers in West Midlands top the red light list of shame with 19 per cent having run a red light in the last month, way ahead of both London and Scotland where the figure is 16 per cent.
1 (2008) (noting, inter alia, that "comprehensive studies conclude cameras actually increase crashes and injuries, providing a safety argument not to install them," and concluding, "the majority of the red light running safety issue can be resolved through inexpensive engineering remedies that address infractions in the first second after the light changes").