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red light

n.
1. The red-colored light that signals traffic to stop.
2. Informal A command to stop.
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red light

n
1. (Automotive Engineering) 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.
a. a red lamp in a window of or outside a house indicating that it is a brothel
b. (as modifier): a red-light district.
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red′ light′


n.
1. a red-colored traffic light used as a signal to stop.
2. an order or directive to halt an action, project, etc.
3. a signal of danger; warning.
[1840–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.red light - a cautionary sign of dangerred light - a cautionary sign of danger    
visual signal - a signal that involves visual communication
idiot light - a colored warning light on an instrument panel (as for low oil pressure)
2.red light - the signal to stop
traffic light, traffic signal, stoplight - a visual signal to control the flow of traffic at intersections
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Translations

red light

n (Aut) → (semaforo) rosso
to go through a red light → passare col rosso
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The red light burns steadily all the evening in the lighthouse on the margin of the tide of busy life.
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Any one who had looked at him as the red light shone upon his pale face, strange straining eyes, and meagre form, would perhaps have understood the mixture of contemptuous pity, dread, and suspicion with which he was regarded by his neighbours in Raveloe.
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