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

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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?
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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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.