carry the torch for (someone)

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carry the torch for (someone)

To be in love with someone, especially secretly and/or unrequitedly. I've carried the torch for her since high school, but I've never been able to tell her how I feel. Susan carried the torch for him for years after they broke up.
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Each person will carry the torch for about 200 meters (656 feet).
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.
Those chosen will carry the torch for 300 metres of the route.
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.
I wanted to carry the torch for the world, but I wanted to walk for Lee."
He was chosen to carry the torch for 300 metres after being nominated by Churches Together committee member Frances Rhoda.
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