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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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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.
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.
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.
He said: "I am absolutely over the moon to be carrying the torch, it is a real honour.
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.
Melanie C, a fine ambassador for her native Merseyside, will be among those carrying the torch in Birkenhead - but what of those celebrities who have been asked to carry the torch in areas with which they have no real connection?
b) Why are so many of the runners carrying the torch in this part of North Wales from Russia and other Eastern European countries, especially when some well-deserving local nominees were rejected?
I'm sure it will be a bit of an emotional day as well, as I will be carrying the torch for Darren too.