give (one) the green light

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give (one) 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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give someone/something the green light


give the green light to someone/something

COMMON If someone in authority gives someone or something the green light or gives the green light to someone or something, they allow someone to do something or something to happen. He has finally been given the green light to build five new houses on the land. Note: You can also say that someone gets the green light. I've got a bunch more songs, and if I can get the green light from my manager, I'd like to go straight back in and record some more. Note: People use a green light to mean permission from someone in authority. Is that a green light for interest-rate cuts?
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But Coleman trained with the squad yesterday at their FAI base in Dublin - and last night Martin O'Neill gave him the green light to start.
HIBS could be poised to snap up Swedish keeper Marcus Sandberg after IFK Gothenburg gave him the green light to train with the Edinburgh club.
Last year De Burgh recorded a song with the Iranian group The Arian Band and the authorities gave him the green light to perform with them.
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn claimed the buildings were not in as bad a state of disrepair as Forest City claimed, but the ESDC gave him the green light to proceed with their demolition anyway.
Apparently, Charlie has wanted to do this for 20 years and RTE bosses gave him the green light to take a film crew to the Antarctic.
Only one in five men would take his wife up on the offer if she gave him the green light for the odd indiscretion.
Doctors gave him the green light yesterday to start against New Orleans tonight.
Bosingwa, 27, (above) will now discuss the op with Chelsea's medical staff, who gave him the green light to get independent advice.
It merely gave him the green light to make capital out of his relationship with the world's most famous Aussie.
He claimed she gave him the green light for sex when he crept into her bed after she had sung a rude song at a family party.
FAI bosses gave him the green light for the World Cup ahead of tomorrow's crucial Euro 2000 tie in Malta.