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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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]