carry the torch

carry the torch
1. Fig. to lead or participate in a (figurative) crusade. •

The battle was over, but John continued to carry the torch.

If Jane hadn't carried the torch, no one would have followed, and the whole thing would have failed.

2. Go to carry a torch (for someone).
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See: CARRY A TORCH.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • carry the torch — See: CARRY A TORCH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • carry\ the\ torch — • carry a torch • carry the torch v. phr. 1. To show great and unchanging loyalty to a cause or a person. Although the others gave up fighting for their rights, John continued to carry the torch. 2. informal To be in love, usually without success …   Словарь американских идиом

  • carry the torch — phrasal see carry a torch * * * carry the torch phrase to lead people in supporting an idea, especially in politics Our country must carry the torch of freedom and toleration. Thesaurus: to support an idea, plan or personsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • carry the torch —    If you carry the torch, you have strong feelings for someone with whom you do not or cannot have a relationship.     He s been carrying the torch for Julie since their college days, before she married Ted …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • carry the torch — to lead people in supporting an idea, especially in politics Our country must carry the torch of freedom and toleration …   English dictionary

  • carry the torch — phrasal see carry a torch …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • carry the torch — show loyalty to a cause or a person He has been carrying the torch for the candidate for a long time …   Idioms and examples

  • carry the torch — carry on a cause …   English contemporary dictionary

  • carry the torch for — be in love with (generally without having the affection returned) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • carry\ a\ torch — • carry a torch • carry the torch v. phr. 1. To show great and unchanging loyalty to a cause or a person. Although the others gave up fighting for their rights, John continued to carry the torch. 2. informal To be in love, usually without success …   Словарь американских идиом

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