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Figuratively, the valuable quality, principle, or cause, which needs to be protected and maintained.

Torch was the codename for the Allied landings on the western coast of North Africa in 1942.

carry a torch for suffer from unrequited love for.

torch-bearer a person who leads or inspires others in working towards a valued goal (literally, a person who carries a ceremonial torch).

See also pass on the torch.

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