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?
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ABERDEEN hope council chiefs will today give them the green light to start work on a new state-of-the art pounds 35million stadium.
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%.
However, club officials are confident that there is no problem and that the transfer will go through as a matter of routine once the medics give them the green light.
'But that also doesn't necessarily mean the Home Office will give them the green light,' he said.
CLYDE can't change their ground unless the Scottish Football League give them the green light.