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torch

noun uk   /tɔːtʃ/ us    /tɔːrtʃ/
B2 [C] UK ( US flashlight) a small light that is held in the hand and usually gets its power from batteries: She flashed/shone the torch into the dark room. [C] a thick stick with material that burns tied to the top of it, used to give light: a flaming/blazing torch literary Many buildings were put to the torch (= burned intentionally) during the riots. [S] approving used as a symbol of a political movement or idea that has an important positive influence: the torch of socialism
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verb [T] uk   /tɔːtʃ/ us    /tɔːrtʃ/
to burn a building or other large thing, intentionally and usually illegally: They smashed a side door to get in and then torched the warehouse when they had taken what they wanted.
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