To carry a torch for someone
A man carrying the Olympic torch outside the BBC's offices in White City, London.
Photo by BBC Learning English
If you carry a torch for someone, it means you are in love with them.
John has carried a torch for Jane for years but she doesn't seem to notice.'George is such a nice guy, isn't he? You carry a torch for him, don't you? No! Well yes actually… is it obvious?'
Don't confuse it with
To carry the can
means to take the blame for something.
The boss is so lazy but when there's a mistake I always have to carry the can for him.
The Olympic torch relay passed through White City, which was the site of the very first LondonOlympics held in 1908. The stadium was demolished in 1985 and BBC offices were built in itsplace. A plaque on the wall marks the place where the stadium's finishing line was.