traffic light

(also light) noun
amber (BrE), green, red, yellow (AmE)

There are temporary traffic lights because of the roadworks.


Turn left at the third set of traffic lights.

go through, jump

He was stopped by the police for going through a red light.

change (to sth), go green, etc., turn green, etc., turn to green, etc.

A line of vehicles waited for the traffic lights to change.

Stop when the lights change to red.

be green, etc., be on green, etc. (both esp. BrE)

The lights were on red but she didn't stop.


The traffic lights weren't working.

at the traffic lights

There was a hold-up at the lights.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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