carry the torch

carry the torch

 
1. Fig. to lead or participate in a (figurative) crusade. The battle was over, but John continued to carry the torch. If Jane hadn't carried the torch, no one would have followed, and the whole thing would have failed.
2. Go to carry a torch (for someone).
See also: carry, torch
References in classic literature ?
Very well," said he; "I shall accompany you; and the adventure appears to me so wonderful, that I shall carry the torch myself.
He will carry the torch through Trafalgar Square next Wednesday during the 24-hour torch relay.
He was nominated to carry the torch by Virgin Media and chosen as a Lloyds TSB torchbearer.
Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets in celebration of the Olympic spirit, as Hazel Cave-Brown-Cave, 44, from Raglan, will carry the torch through the town's streets.
Ben, 35, who will be bidding to win his fourth gold medal at the Games, said he was honoured to be the first runner to carry the torch as it began its 8000-mile journey around the UK.
Fittingly, Joe will carry the torch a few minutes after Hazel.
Melanie C, a fine ambassador for her native Merseyside, will be among those carrying the torch in Birkenhead - but what of those celebrities who have been asked to carry the torch in areas with which they have no real connection?
Commonwealth Games marathon Gold medallist Jim Alder was delighted to carry the torch through Morpeth.
Ken was nominated to carry the torch for his fundraising for Durham-based St Cuthbert's Hospice, which cared for his wife of 56 years, Joan before her death two years ago.
Meet the runners who will carry the torch through Huddersfield in tomorrow's Examiner
Gary Lineker will today carry the Torch through Leicester, his home city.
He had been due to carry the torch as it passed through Stevenage, the Hertfordshire town where he grew up.
We were heading for the Millennium Centre to register to carry the torch that morning.
Meanwhile, a live insert on EastEnders saw Billy Mitchell carry the torch past the Queen Vic.