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.
About a year ago I caught up with an old flame, who I knew when I was 13.
LAST week Hanssen was trying to bat away an old flame who'd turned up at Holby, tonight it's Serena Campbell's turn when she discovers that her ex husband Edward is the new locum anaesthetist who arrived a couple of weeks ago.
With an old flame reappearing for Polly, a blossoming new career for Clare and a long-buried family secret in the mix, sparks are sure to fly.
So we ask experts if it's agood idea to rekindle an old flame
An angry osprey who smashed his mate's eggs when she went off with an old flame has fathered a new brood.
Portsmouth goalkeeper David James split up with his South Wales wife Tanya to unsucessfully rekindle his love for an old flame Amanda Salmon.
Bizarrely, his first move is to track down an old flame - Denise Osbourne.
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.
In this latest installment Georgia must contend with a family trip to Scotland ("Och-aye land"), her over-large breasts ("nunga-nungas"), and her crushes on her boyfriend ("The Sex God"), an old flame, "Dave the Laugh," and a handsome new French teacher.
Though there have been recent reports of internet reunion sites being used to have affairs, Mr Thomas believes that meeting up with an old flame is not necessarily adulterous.
Granada wants to talk to people who have settled an old score, visited an old flame, attended a funeral or wedding, gone for a job interview - whatever your story researchers are keen to hear from you.
Joining a group of childhood friends for the hometown funeral of his best friend, Jeremy (White) finds himself caught between his new fiance and an old flame that still burns deep within his heart.
She's flung in at the deep end when, with no training or equipment, she's sent on the trail of Joe (Jason O'Mara), an ex-cop wanted for murder - who also happens to be an old flame who broke her heart.