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Difference between Carry light and Carry the torch

carry lightelucidate or clarify smth.:

  • Arguments which carry light have their effect, even against an opponent who shuts his eyes.


a) The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase hold the spotlight—be in the center of attention:

  • Pegi held the spotlight with compelling songs, a lovely voice and charming personality.

b) The expression is not antonymous in meaning to the phrase hide one’s light under a bushel—(also: hide one’s light under a bushel basket) show extreme modesty; conceal or suppress one’s talents or successes:

  • Since college, he’s observed that nobody likes a know-it-all, and consequently continued to hide his light under a bushel.

carry the torch

1. retain admiration or love for a person (especially if the feeling is not mutual):

  • She still carries the torch for her former husband, Wyn, whose family couldn’t accept her working-class background.

2. support a movement or cause:

  • This group aims to carry the torch for the millions of people who demonstrated and the thousands who died.

Cf.: pass the torch—relinquish one’s responsibilities, practice, etc. to another person:

  • He did his job well, avoided publicity, and passed the torch to his successor.