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    Pepita is offline Newbie
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    Hold a candle for someone

    Hi,

    I am familiar with the phrase "can't hold a candle to someone" ,
    but not sure, what it means if you do hold a candle for someone.

    Could you please explain to me what it means in the following
    context?

    A man says to a woman:
    "I did have a tiny crush on you once.
    I might have held a little bit of a candle for you."

    Thank you in advance!
    Kind regards
    Pepita

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    Re: Hold a candle for someone

    Hold the torch - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com

    "Holding a torch" for someone describes the unrequited crush.

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    Re: Hold a candle for someone

    Thank you, Gillnetter & SoothingDave!

    I did not think "can't hold a candle to someone"
    and "hold a candle for someone" were really related,
    but did not understand the latter.
    Now with "hold the torch" it became very clear!
    So it is the man's way of saying a bit ironically,
    that he had had a tiny bit of an unrequited crush on the woman.
    As he continued to say that the candle was the kind of tiny
    birthday cake candle which come in a box of 12 of something like that.

    Thanks a lot for you help
    and all the best
    Kind regards
    Pepita

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