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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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'To-night!' I looked to my weapons, and when the time came our canoe took its place in the circle of boats carrying the torches. The lights blazed on the water, but behind the boats there was darkness.
Officers and Special Olympics athletes will run through the streets of Springfield and Eugene carrying the torch with the "Flame of Hope" around 10:30 a.m.
Carrying the torch from Millennium Place to Coventry Cathedral was the then 18-year-old Ali Abdillahi, from Nuneaton.
Jo Chubb, 40, of Acklam, a nurse at Middlesbrough''s James Cook University Hospital neo natal unit said: "A year on from carrying the torch on the Linthorpe Road stretch, it was the proudest day of my life along with having my two children - my son Bradley, 17 and my daughter Emily, 12.
Paul Jenkins is an inspiration and fully deserved the honour of carrying the torch - it's a shame his run was overshadowed by the celebrity carrying the torch first on the same day.
Dizzee, 27, was carrying the torch between Tower Hamlets and Hackney in east London.
Hempleman-Adams, who at 16 became the youngest person to ski to the south pole, said carrying the torch was an exhilarating experience.
But the McLaren Mercedes driver swapped carrying the torch because of the clash with the race at Silverstone
THE Olympic Torch is nearing its journey's end with many local people having the honour of carrying the torch for a short stint.
Those carrying the torch through the town included soldier Karl Hinett, 25, from Tipton, who suffered 37 per cent burns to his body in a bomb blast in Iraq.
This man is a double hero, not only for surviving the cowardly Taliban onslaught, but for carrying the torch so far, despite being told he couldn't do it.
Many of those carrying the torch were strangers but all got a warm Yorkshire welcome as they jogged or trotted a few hundred yards along streets packed with people.
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.
So instead of a community charity leader or a returned hero carrying the torch, it's been held aloft by a marketing manager from a soft drinks company.
A total of 75 speciallyselected runners are carrying the torch through Merseyside.