Carry the torch

carry the torch

To carry on a cause: “The columnist feels that he is carrying the torch of liberalism in an age of conservatism.”

verb phrase

To love in a suffering way, esp because the desired one does not reciprocate: She was carrying the torch for W C Fields

[1927+; origin unknown; said to have been coined by a Broadway nightclub singer named Tommy Lyman, when he said, ”My famous torch song, ‘Come to me, my melancholy baby’ ”; Venus, of course, carried a torch regularly]
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