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old flame

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old flame

noun phrase

An ex-sweetheart or lover: saw my old flame at the reunion

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • I wish Ernst would fire again on his "old flame," and forget dinner.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • "Pshaw, that simply makes us more attractive," replied his old flame.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
  • He has quarrelled with an old flame (I, xvi), whom he had affronted by some libellous verses.


    William Tuckwell
  • Talking of departed loves, I met my old flame the other day in the street.

    Mary Lamb Anne Burrows Gilchrist
  • Do you know what has become of your old flame Diana Arlington?

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • Perhaps it was an old flame he was in mourning for from the days beyond recall.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • "Some old flame," volunteered Mr. Plant a little spitefully.

  • "I met an old flame of mine there, sir," he added, with a laugh.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Yes; a miserable, contemptible wretch, I suppose, but an old flame of hers.

    The Star-Gazers George Manville Fenn
  • She was an old flame, and she went to him when he became ill.

    The Best Policy Elliott Flower

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