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1‘he was given the green light to implement his proposals’
authorization, permission, approval, assent, consent, sanction
leave, clearance, warranty, agreement, imprimatur, one's blessing, the seal of approval, the stamp of approval, the rubber stamp
authority, licence, dispensation, empowerment, freedom, liberty
informal the OK, the go-ahead, the thumbs up, the say-so, the nod
rare permit, nihil obstat
the red light, refusal
‘transport bosses gave the green light to major road safety improvements’
authorize, give permission for, permit, sanction, allow, agree to, approve, give one's assent to, give one's consent to, consent to, assent to, accede to, countenance
license, legalize, make legal, legitimize, legitimatize
ratify, endorse, validate, accredit, warrant
give the go-ahead for, give the OK to, OK, give the thumbs up to
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