carry the torch for

be in love with (generally without having the affection returned)

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • carry a torch for —    to desire sexually    The imagery is from a religious processional light. Usually of unrequited love:     Maggie Young Hunt came in today. Out of coffee, so she said. I think she s carrying a torch for me. (Steinbeck, 1961 the visit took place …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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

  • 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 — 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\ 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

  • carry a torch — phrasal or carry the torch 1. : crusade 2. : to be in love especially without success or return : cherish a longing or a devotion she still carries a torch for him even though their engagement is broken * * * carry a torch : to continue to have… …   Useful english dictionary

  • carry a torch — or[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 or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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