torch

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[ tawrch ]
/ tɔrtʃ /
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noun

verb (used without object)

to burn or flare up like a torch.

verb (used with object)

to subject to the flame or light of a torch, as in order to burn, sear, solder, or illuminate.
Slang. to set fire to maliciously, especially in order to collect insurance.

Idioms

    carry the/a torch for, Slang. to be in love with, especially to suffer from unrequited love for: He still carries a torch for his ex-wife.

Origin of torch

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1250–1300; Middle English torche (noun) < Old French < Vulgar Latin *torca something twisted. See torque
Related formstorch·a·ble, adjectivetorch·less, adjectivetorch·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for carry a torch for

torch

/ (tɔːtʃ) /

noun

verb

(tr) slang to set fire to, esp deliberately as an act of arson
Derived Formstorchlike, adjective

Word Origin for torch

C13: from Old French torche handful of twisted straw, from Vulgar Latin torca (unattested), from Latin torquēre to twist
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Culture definitions for carry a torch for

carry a torch for


To be infatuated with: “Frank may be engaged to Helen, but I think he still carries a torch for Laura.”

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Idioms and Phrases with carry a torch for (1 of 2)

carry a torch for


Also, carry the torch for. Continue to feel the pain of unreciprocated love for, as in Jane has been carrying the torch for Bill for at least a year. The torch in this term alludes to the heat of love or passion. [1920s]

Idioms and Phrases with carry a torch for (2 of 2)

torch


see carry a torch; pass the torch.

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