an old flame


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an/(one's) old flame

One's former lover. How am I supposed to forget about my old flame if I keep seeing her around town? Yeah, Ben is his old flame—they dated last summer.
See also: flame, old

an old flame

COMMON An old flame is someone who you had a romantic relationship with in the past. Last week Alec was seen dining with his old flame Janine Turner in New York. Note: An old meaning of `flame' was the person that someone was in love with.
See also: flame, old

an old flame

a former lover. informal
See also: flame, old

an old ˈflame

(informal) a person you were once in love with; a former boyfriend or girlfriend: My mother has an old flame who sends her a bottle of perfume once a year.
See also: flame, old
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There once lived, in a sequestered part of the county of Devonshire, one Mr Godfrey Nickleby: a worthy gentleman, who, taking it into his head rather late in life that he must get married, and not being young enough or rich enough to aspire to the hand of a lady of fortune, had wedded an old flame out of mere attachment, who in her turn had taken him for the same reason.
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A DEMENTED Irish vicar, a confused matron and an old flame all add to the comedy fun as the Dunchurch Players take to the stage in It Runs In The Family.
On this particular day in 1931, Baby-Face Martin (played by Jeremy Sisto), an on-the-lam gangster with a reward on his head, has returned to the neighborhood to look up his mother and an old flame.
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In the seg, likely to air this spring, Sheedy portrays an old flame of Hall's precognitive character Johnny looking to divine the future of her brother, who has an ailing heart.