give (someone) the green light

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give (someone) 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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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.