an/(one's) 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.
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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.
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an old flame

a former lover. informal
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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.
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old flame

n. a former sweetheart or lover. It is best to forget an old flame.
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I can understand why your old flame doesn't want to get more involved because it must hurt like hell that he can't have you.
But whether it works out with your old flame or not, you're clearly unhappy in your current relationship.
Perhaps your mother's unconvinced that your old flame is Mr Right - or dreads living alone once more if you move out to be with him.
They argue you wouldn't blame the supermarket if you bumped into your old flame by the chill cabinet and got back together.
I think there's a trend at the moment to be nostalgic, to think back at things and wonder what happened to your old flames.