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"There may have been some ambiguity lurking in the tortured official syntax but, in essence, May signed off on a soft Brexit. That was six months ago."

(The Guardian.)

Does "signed off" mean 'approved' in the sentence above?

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Yes. (In this example, strictly speaking, "signed of on" means "approved".)

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GPYIn this example, strictly speaking, "signed of on" means "approved".

I see. Thank you for the explanation.