(third-person singular simple present carries a torch for, present participle carrying a torch for, simple past and past participle carried a torch f)
- Often used to characterize a situation in which a romantic relationship has ended, but where one partner still loves the other.
- Considered by some to be dated, but still in wide usage.
From the metaphor of a burning flame, to keep a fire burning.
The association of a torch with love may date to the Greek and Roman tradition of a wedding torch, lit in the bride’s hearth on her wedding night, then used to light the hearth in her new home. Such a torch is associated with the Greek god of marriage Hymenaios.