carry\ a\ torch


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 or return.

He is carrying a torch for Anna, even though she is in love with someone else.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • 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 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

  • 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

  • carry a torch — or carry the torch phrasal 1. crusade 2. to be in love especially without reciprocation ; cherish a longing or devotion < still carrying a torch for a former lover > …   New Collegiate 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 — phrasal see carry a torch …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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