Definition of torch relay in US English:

torch relay


  • An event during which a ceremonial torch is carried on a designated route by a succession of torchbearers.

    ‘the Olympic flame will travel to Britain for a 70-day torch relay covering 8,000 miles’
    • ‘Organisers estimate that nine million people have turned out to see the torch relay since it started on 18 May.’
    • ‘Four years ago when the Olympics were held in Australia, I was involved in the torch relay.’
    • ‘The relay, which is the Commonwealth Games' equivalent of the Olympic torch relay, will be a double celebration.’
    • ‘On Friday a full dress rehearsal of the torch relay was enacted for 80 miles between Leicester and Peterborough.’
    • ‘Sir Roger said: "I am conscious that it is a great honour to be asked to start the Olympic torch relay."’
    • ‘A torch relay brought it to Athens, where it burned for two weeks.’
    • ‘Not only was hosting the 1956 games an event itself, but thousands of people were chosen to run the torch relay for the Olympics.’
    • ‘The torch relay, introduced in 1936, has become a colossal undertaking.’
    • ‘The torch relay, involving police officers, firefighters, security guards and other law enforcement professionals from around the world as well as Special Olympics athletes, has been one of the features of these games since 1981.’
    • ‘Unlike the main Olympic torch relay, which began its international leg this week, the Paralympic relay is restricted to Attica, the province around Athens.’
    • ‘The group of Scotland Yard police officers charged with protecting the London 2012 Olympic torch relay are be given counselling as they travel around the country, it has emerged.’
    • ‘I have to say that Michael deserves credit for that whole wonderful scene, that last lap of the torch relay.’
    • ‘But it looks like the GAA will be the biggest winners when the Olympic torch relay arrives in Dublin on June 6.’
    • ‘The idea of a worldwide torch relay has been so successful this year, the IOC is considering making it standard operating procedure to take it through all six continents and through all the cities that previously hosted a Summer Olympics.’
    • ‘The Olympic torch relay will cross Sofia on July 7.’
    • ‘The actual torch relay will start from Land's End in Cornwall next month after the arrival of the Olympic flame in the UK on May 18.’
    • ‘The Olympic torch relay from Olympia in Greece to Sydney in Australia was the largest and longest since the first torch relay was organised for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.’
    • ‘In four months' time, the 'sacred' Olympic flame will be kindled in Greece, ready to begin its journey to Australia for the torch relay.’
    • ‘A torch relay was held to open the event.’
    • ‘Events have already been planned around the 2002 torch relay that will kick off Dec. 4 in Atlanta and wind up in Salt Lake City on Feb. 8, 2002.’