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red light

noun
1.
a red lamp, used as a traffic signal to mean “stop.”.
2.
an order or directive to halt an action, project, etc.:
There's a red light on all unnecessary expenses.
3.
a children's running game in which players must stop when “Red light!” is called.
4.
a signal of danger; warning.
Origin of red light
1840-1850
1840-50

red-light

[red-lahyt] /ˈrɛdˈlaɪt/
verb (used with object), red-lighted, red-lighting.
1.
Informal. to stop or deter by means of or as if with a red light.
Origin
1895-1900
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  • But people who study ants simply carry them into a dark room, and look at them by red light.

    Natural Wonders Edwin Tenney Brewster
  • There, in the faint, red light, Taffy discerned a great cave.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • A red light seemed to dance before his eyes, and he felt his strength crumbling away from him like undermined earth.

    A Modern Aladdin Howard Pyle
  • The man on the look-out shouted: "A red light on the starboard bow!"

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • It was the face of Miss Kit, with the red light of the fire glowing on it.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for red light

red light

noun
1.
a signal to stop, esp a red traffic signal in a system of traffic lights
2.
a danger signal
3.
an instruction to stop or discontinue
4.
  1. a red lamp in a window of or outside a house indicating that it is a brothel
  2. (as modifier): a red-light district
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