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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

To Give Someone the Green Light

To Give Someone the Green Light

Read the following dialogue and try to guess the meaning of the idiom “to give someone the green light”

“Hey, Maria! How have you been?”
“Great! I haven’t seen you in a while! Have you bought that house yet?”
“Unfortunately, even after having saved all these years, I still don’t have enough money for it”
“Why don’t you try and get a loan?”
“ I’ve tried that, but the bank has not given me the green light! The manager said my credit is not good…”
“I am sorry to hear that.”

What do you think To Give Someone the Green Light means?

a. To take something from someone
b. To give someone permission to do something
c. To expect someone to do something
d. To drive by the green light

Meaning: To Give Someone the Green Light means to give someone permission to do something. In the dialogue above, the bank has not given Maria permission to loan money from them because her credit is bad.

You can find this idiom in the LSI book Speaking Savvy!

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