carry a torch for
   to desire sexually
   The imagery is from a religious processional light. Usually of unrequited love:
    Maggie Young-Hunt came in today. Out of coffee, so she said. I think she's carrying a torch for me. (Steinbeck, 1961 — the visit took place in daylight)

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  • carry a torch for — (someone) old fashioned to secretly love someone who does not love you. Graeme s been carrying a torch for Linda for years …   New idioms dictionary

  • carry a torch for — ► carry a torch for suffer from unrequited love for. Main Entry: ↑torch …   English terms dictionary

  • carry a torch for — suffer from unrequited love for * * * carry a torch for see ↑torch, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑carry …   Useful english dictionary

  • carry a torch for — verb To love or to be romantically infatuated with, especially when such feelings are not reciprocated. Brunhilde, a kind of earth mother goddess, carries a torch for her lost love. See Also: torch song …   Wiktionary

  • carry a torch for — suffer from unrequited love for. → torch …   English new terms dictionary

  • Carry a torch for — be still madly in love with someone despite not being in a relationship with them …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • carry a torch for — Australian Slang be still madly in love with someone despite not being in a relationship with them …   English dialects glossary

  • carry a torch for someone — carry a torch for (someone) old fashioned to secretly love someone who does not love you. Graeme s been carrying a torch for Linda for years …   New idioms dictionary

  • carry a torch for someone — phrase to be in love with someone, usually when they do not realize this Thesaurus: to love or like a personsynonym Main entry: carry …   Useful english dictionary

  • carry a torch for somebody — carry a torch for sb idiom to be in love with sb, especially sb who does not love you in return Main entry: ↑carryidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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