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carry a torch for (one)

To be in love with one, especially secretly and/or unrequitedly. I've carried a torch for her since high school, but I've never been able to tell her how I feel. Susan carried a torch for him for years after they broke up.
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carry a torch for

Also, carry the torch for. Continue to feel the pain of unreciprocated love for, as in Jane has been carrying the torch for Bill for at least a year. The torch in this term alludes to the heat of love or passion. [1920s]
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carry a torch for

feel (especially unrequited) love for.
1996 TV Times A dentist carrying a torch for the local ‘strawberry blonde’ wonders if he married the right woman.
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He was nominated to carry the torch for volunteer work in football and community sports projects for churches in Surrey.
They were nominated by friends or family for work they have done in the community or for personal achievements and will this weekend get their chance to shine when they carry the torch for 300 metres on Sunday and Monday.
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.
Ms Frost, 47, from Menai Bridge, is a University of Bangor worker nominated through Lloyds TSB to carry the torch for her tireless campaigning for a local skating facility for young people, in memory of her son, Darren.
Both my sons nominated me, I teased them that if I got to carry the torch for my 60th birthday then that would be present enough, but they actually did it.
Now the teenager has been told he will get to carry the torch for 100m as it makes its way from Bolton to Liverpool on June 1.
Taking part is simple: you can nominate someone from you community who deserves to carry the torch for a leg of its 8,000-mile journey,which culminates at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford next July.
She informed me that I was selected to carry the torch for the Navy at the upcoming Warrior Games in Colorado Springs.
Now living in Adelaide, the grandad-ofsix was first nominated to carry the Torch for the Sydney Games in 2000 and then again in 2004 as the flame was on its way to Greece.
The lucky winner will travel to London to carry the torch for 250metres as part of the global relay, culminating at the opening ceremony in August.
I only hope another Deerfield comrade will carry the torch for younger students.
PHOTO From left to right: Mike Paul, Le'Tre Kelly, Charles Austin and Dameion Henry carry the torch for AVC's basketball team.
Representatives from the three armed forces could carry the torch for this section.
The train is one of several modes of transportation being used this year to carry the torch for the 84-day trek, said Cathy St.