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torch song

a popular song concerned with unhappiness or failure in love.
Origin of torch song
1925-30 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for torch song
  • The songs in the musical and the movie-jazz, ragtime, the torch song-were sung directly to the audience.
  • Perhaps that's why she can break your heart with a torch song one moment and inspire tears of laughter with bawdy blues the next.
  • It all has the makings of a torch song that comes to tears in the end.
British Dictionary definitions for torch song

torch song

a sentimental or romantic popular song, usually sung by a woman
Derived Forms
torch singer, noun
Word Origin
C20: from the phrase to carry a torch for (someone)
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Slang definitions & phrases for torch song



An arsonist; an incendiary; firebug: If your suspicions are right, the torch will be close by (1938+)


To set a fire deliberately; burn a building: The lumberyard at 12th and C was torched, for the insurance (1931+)

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carry the torch

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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