Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

give the (green light/go-ahead)

give the green lightgive the go-ahead
Meaning(s)
1) grant permission to proceed with something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional LowSocial
    • give the green light/go ahead to the project
  • Analysis
     In the same way that a green light at a set of traffic lights grants a car permission to move forward, a green light in this context gives permission for something to happen. It is typically used in a professional context, and is given by a figure of authority like a manager or a boss, often in relation to a project or proposal of some kind. Whether you are using the term 'green light,' or 'go-ahead,' it is essentially their approval and permission to proceed with something. A phrase with a similar meaning is 'sign off on.' 
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. As soon as the funding was in place, the boss gave us the green light to proceed with the project.
    2. To prevent further losses, only investments that are likely to deliver a significant return will be given the go-ahead from now on.
    3. The ideas I pitched at the meeting yesterday were green-lighted this morning. I can't wait to start putting them into action!
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. My doctor gave me the green light to play football again after my injury.
    2. When I get the green light to take time off work, I'll book a holiday.
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