Definition of green light in English:

green light

noun

  • 1A green traffic light giving permission to proceed.

    • ‘In Sofia you can consider yourself lucky if you reach the other side of a street in one piece even on a green light.’
    • ‘After all of these years of driving, after all of the red lights and green lights that I have perceived and responded to correctly, why did I do that?’
    • ‘Ms. Mitchell says she entered the intersection for a left turn on a green light behind one or two other cars.’
    • ‘With the Scottish capital's new traffic regulations, a green light is no guarantee of getting anywhere in a hurry.’
    • ‘They had both been surprised when a green light ahead of them changed straight to red without going to amber.’
    • ‘He points out that the proposal to give left-turn cars advance green lights will slow down streetcars and probably negate any gains made otherwise.’
    1. 1.1Permission to go ahead with a project.
      ‘the commission has given the green light for a wind-farm development’
      • ‘Residents are set to benefit now plans for a £25 million health centre have been given the green light.’
      • ‘Only the clubs can give the green light for any deal to proceed.’
      • ‘Just 400 replied, but the school chiefs said it still gives them the green light to go ahead with the plans.’
      • ‘The Ministry of Mines and Energy has given the green light for the project to go ahead.’
      • ‘A newsagent said he and his wife will be left jobless and homeless if plans to demolish shops to make way for houses are given the green light.’
      • ‘Planners have advised councillors to give the ambitious project the green light.’
      • ‘A housing association has finally got the green light for an imaginative project for key workers.’
      • ‘A string of community projects has been given the green light by residents in the Westfield and Foxwood areas of York.’
      • ‘The eastern route for the bypass was given the green light by Wiltshire county councillors in July 2001.’
      • ‘The environmental benefits of telecommuting are pretty apparent, but business leaders no doubt want to be sure that giving employees the green light to telecommute yields bottom-line benefits.’
      • ‘Once the project is given the green light it will take one to two years to complete.’
      • ‘They could feel that the Parliament has given them a green light to proceed further in that direction.’
      • ‘This joint venture has since been given the green light by both Chinese regulators and the US courts.’
      • ‘Nasa on Monday gave the final green light to a space shuttle launch planned for Wednesday, an event the US space agency hopes will help the public forget recent stories of drunk and lovesick astronauts.’
      • ‘The board has already given the green light to the building of the state-of-the-art facility.’
      • ‘A block of eight apartments has also been given the green light by planners.’
      • ‘But it gave the city the green light to start setting up the system - without collecting tolls just yet - while a state commission decides if there's a better traffic-busting idea out there.’
      • ‘If the plans are given the green light, work could start as early in 2008 with the road open two years later.’
      • ‘Plans to turn the town centre into a no-drinking zone are expected to be given the green light by councillors tomorrow.’
      • ‘However, the Department of Agriculture has given the green light for the event.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]North american
  • Give permission to go ahead with (a project, especially a movie)

    • ‘The ‘James Bond’ star tells a New Zealand newspaper that he's fed up with the gap between people who know how to make movies and the people who green-light them.’
    • ‘Later the same day, he upped the ante by green-lighting a tv campaign.’
    • ‘They are hoping that changing circumstances will persuade local authorities to reassess their reluctance to green-light road safety investment in Myshall.’
    • ‘His position as a senior executive of the company ensured that ideas could be green-lighted immediately.’
    • ‘These days, Hollywood only likes to green-light projects they feel stand a good chance of making $20 million on opening weekend.’
    • ‘In Miami, city officials have green-lighted the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of the Americas for the weekend of April 5-7 - the city's first race in six years.’
    • ‘The UK government has green-lighted the first licenced GM Maize crop.’
    • ‘She happily green-lighted zoning changes to allow a few small cottages to be demolished and replaced by impressive mansions.’
    • ‘They voted, with only one ‘nay’ among 21 members, to green-light the suspended trials.’
    • ‘Faster than you can say ‘look closer,’ studio cohead Spielberg green-lighted the $15-million budget.’
    • ‘MTV has already green-lighted two of the projects, Clone High and Time Boys, which will be produced by MTV Animation in conjunction with MTV development.’
    • ‘RTE green-lighted the project, including a week on location in Portugal, as soon as Carney submitted six scripts.’
    • ‘It won't be easy for Chase to find a network to green-light the project.’
    • ‘Passi said that if the bill was approved by the senate, the act will green-light the provision of more than $10 million in military assistance that Bulgaria had been expecting.’
    • ‘The news that Warner Bros has green-lighted the long-gestating Batman Vs Superman makes us happy.’
    • ‘The commission identified the key points that need to be addressed before it can green-light the project.’
    • ‘The government's decision to green-light the building of an independent terminal at Dublin Airport is a welcome move for Ryanair but Goodbody does not expect the move to impact its forecasts for the next few years.’
    • ‘‘I'd say the time lapse between us reading the script and green-lighting the movie was 45 seconds,’ she joked.’
    • ‘And although there are no African Americans in network television who can single-handedly green-light a show, there are only about five people in the whole of network television who can.’
    • ‘Some studios are even toying with the idea of making full-length virtual films to test on audiences before green-lighting them.’