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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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CHAMPION: Tessa carries the torch TOTTER: Paloma walks tall TRAIL BLAZER: Dizzee's hair looks like it has caught fire LONDON mayor Boris Johnson, 48, has cut his floppy locks - leaving a yellow quiff to mimic the Olympic Flame.
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.
PROUD MOMENT Norman Anderson, right, receives the torch from Ryan Elliot TOWN'S HERO Morpeth Harriers legend Jim Alder proudly carries the torch HEROES Carrying the torch at the weekend are Emily Russell and Neil Douglass.
PROUD: A little girl from Moorgate Nursery School with her homemade torch in Ormskirk ALL DRESSED UP: Even Bruce the pony enjoyed the torch parade in Formby MOBBED: Torchbearer Frankie Meadows runs down Crosby seafront POPULAR: Crowds line the Southport streets to welcome the torch HONOUR: Formby's Phil Capper carries the torch through his home town while at Aintree racecourse Kimberley Cooper and Grand National winner Neptune Collonges made their way to the winning post RECORD BREAKERS: 5,880 schoolchildren formed the Olympic rings on the beach at Blundellsands to break the world record and, left, cabbie Bernie Buxton was mobbed as he carried the torch through Ormskirk
Schoolteacher Llew Davies will be cheered on by his newborn daughter as he carries the torch in Caernarfon.
Survivor Margaret carries the torch. Honor society member Margaret Bobonich, RN, MS, could not help practice nursing as a contestant on the CBSTV reality show "Survivor Guatemala: The Maya Empire." Bobonich cared for the cuts, scrapes, blisters and other injuries of her tribe mates, even using her bathing suit liner as a bandage.
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.
To cheer on Melanie while she carries the torch, you can catch her at Birkenhead Park on Friday.
Last night organisers feared the protests against the Beijing Games and the occupation of Tibet could turn violent if Chinese ambassador Fu Ying carries the torch.
The school is hoping to send representatives to cheer Mark on as he carries the torch.