Definitions

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  • transitive verb To give permission to proceed with.

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  • verb transitive To approve; to permit to proceed.

Etymologies

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From green light

Examples

  • The first film I'd greenlight is Poul Anderson's Tau Zero, a tour-de-force if ever there was one.

    MIND MELD: If The SF/F Community Ran Hollywood...

  • Although it would then face other hurdles, most notably the greenlight from the Italian government that emerges from elections next month, getting Alitalia's combative unions on board represents a key step for Air France-KLM to clinch a deal.

    Air France Reaches Out

  • According to people familiar with the matter, Paramount will have the option to co-finance any of the pictures that Mr. Spielberg and Ms. Snider put into production -- or "greenlight" -- at the new company in 2009.

    DreamWorks, Paramount Will Retain Ties

  • Previously, Mr. Spielberg and Ms. Snider could independently "greenlight" -- or put into production -- up to eight films a year.

    Signs of a Pullback Emerge in Hollywood

  • Keith, if Kyl-Lieberman gives slip to the slope of attacking Iran, how does Obama cosponsoring (along with 68 other Senators) S. 970 not do the exact same thing (i.e. by declaring the IRG a "terrorist organization" that will "greenlight" attacking Iran) ...?

    Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Obama Promises To Get More Aggressive

  • Keith, if Kyl-Lieberman gives slip to the slope of attacking Iran, how does Obama cosponsoring (along with 68 other Senators) S. 970 not do the exact same thing (i.e. by declaring the IRG a "terrorist organization" that will "greenlight" attacking Iran) ...?

    Obama Promises To Get More Aggressive

  • "Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins), a slick young studio executive, is explaining to his new girlfriend, the Icelandic painter June Gudmundsdottir (Greta Scacchi), that before he will" greenlight "any project it must have certain" elements.

    Bad Blood 'In The Badlands

  • So are the people who write or publish important books, who produce, direct or "greenlight" movies, who sketch our visual landscape.

    the cultural elite

  • Congrats on getting the "greenlight" to continue with one of my favorite books out.

    Blue Beetle #25

  • Or should the "greenlight" go to the ultra-competent actor and his artist wife who seem to have storyboarded every single budget item in advance for a film about a woman who leaves her big cool job in New York, comes home to Pittsburgh, and reevaluates her life?

    post-gazette.com - News

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