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carry the torch

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To carry on a cause: “The columnist feels that he is carrying the torch of liberalism in an age of conservatism.”

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Slang definitions & phrases for carry the torch

carry the torch

verb phrase

To love in a suffering way, esp because the desired one does not reciprocate: She was carrying the torch for W C Fields

[1927+; origin unknown; said to have been coined by a Broadway nightclub singer named Tommy Lyman, when he said, ''My famous torch song, 'Come to me, my melancholy baby' ''; Venus, of course, carried a torch regularly]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with carry the torch

carry the torch

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