break a lance

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break a lance

To engage in a competition, battle, or confrontation, usually with someone or something. The newly elected congresswoman broke a lance with the House of Representatives today on the issue of discrimination in business. The faction sought to break a lance with the government as a means of securing greater autonomy.
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Burroughs closes this section with the chivalric tale of a frustrated lover galloping at top speed to break his lance against the facade of the house where his damsel is confined.