carry the torch

carry the torch

To fight for someone or something and encourage or lead others to do the same. While you hate the idea of this big construction project and are ready to carry the torch, you should know that most of the townspeople have been very vocal in their support of it.
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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).
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carry the torch

If you carry the torch for something such as a political party or a particular belief, you support it very strongly and try to persuade other people to support it too. Note: The torch referred to in these expressions is a long stick with burning material at one end which provides a light. This kind of torch is sometimes used in processions or parades. This group aims to carry the torch for the millions of people who demonstrated and the thousands who died. I just want to thank all of you for carrying the torch, for being the solid base that makes our party what it is. Note: Other verbs can be used instead of carry. There's nobody left to take up the torch for the group at national level.
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Very well," said he; "I shall accompany you; and the adventure appears to me so wonderful, that I shall carry the torch myself.
Springfield police officers will carry the torch from the Springfield Justice Center to the John Serbu Campus, where Eugene police officer will take over and run north to police in Junction City.
He was nominated to carry the torch by Virgin Media and chosen as a Lloyds TSB torchbearer.
He will carry the torch through Trafalgar Square next Wednesday during the 24-hour torch relay.
Bahnu, aged 69, of Stoke, was chosen to carry the torch because of her voluntary work for Coventry's Asian Blind Association which she set up in 1994 after being registered blind herself.
THE Olympics are now under way and it was nice to see the world's oldest marathon runner carry the torch.
We were heading for the Millennium Centre to register to carry the torch that morning.
He had been due to carry the torch as it passed through Stevenage, the Hertfordshire town where he grew up.
Gary Lineker will today carry the Torch through Leicester, his home city.
Due to carry the torch through Heywood on June 23, he said: "How I feel about running with the torch is indescribable, I'm nervous, so proud and so humbled to be given the opportunity.
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.
As we revealed earlier this week, more than 80 people of all ages have been chosen to carry the torch through our streets - and we're delighted they will have such a special day to remember for the rest of their lives.
Later, Hazel Frost of Bangor will carry the torch in her home city.
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