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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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Off and running: Peter Ayliffe carries the torch in Shirley, above, the torch makes its way through Redditch, below left, and youngsters on the route, below right.
Brave teenager and keen sportsman Will Smith, of Claverdon, Warwickshire will be watched by up to 100 friends and family as he carries the torch through Earlswood, near Solihull on Sunday.
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He still carries the torch for a former lover, Josephine Flowers.
Each torchbearer carries the torch about two-tenths of a mile, or about four blocks.
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The school is hoping to send representatives to cheer Mark on as he carries the torch.
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