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lance the boil

To commit to a decisive and dramatic action that resolves or puts an end to a problematic, troublesome, or unpleasant situation. It's high time that we as citizens use the power of our vote to lance the boil of corruption in Washington! If we can't speak openly about employees being mistreated, we'll never be able to lance the boil for good.
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lance the boil

take decisive action to put an end to an undesirable situation.
The underlying image is of a boil being cut open with a lancet or other sharp surgical instrument, to release its pus.
2003 Yorkshire Post Today Mr Conway … said…it was time for Mr Duncan Smith to ‘lance the boil’ in his leadership. ‘There's a growing feeling of “it's got to end”.’
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Mr Owen accepted this position but said: "I think we should have had a commitment to have an in-out referendum straightaway because I think that would have lanced the boil and I think we could have campaigned for staying in successfully.
And it has, temporarily at any rate, lanced the boil of poisonous controversy that surrounds the future of Aberdeen city centre and tired UnionTerrace Gardens.
By simply warning Di Canio to expect the question and let it be fielded - along with his reply - they would have lanced the boil early on.
The speech produced intense debate, but it lanced the boil.
The crucial chemistry between star players and the team dynamic was surely about to implode after that unedifying spat with the domestic season so close, but Ferguson lanced the boil masterfully.
He lanced the boil of any festering discontent amongst the players by absolutely slating them in public.
Tony Blair, by contrast, has lanced the boil by admitting he plans to stand down soon.
While, on the one hand, his indefensible action deserves condemnation, the RFU really should have lanced the boil before now so as to release some of the pressure on him in the build-up to a vital international.
Once they've lanced the boil and people see this film, they'll realise the streets won't become full of paedophiles.
But it is to be hoped Wales play with a greater tempo and that the clear-the-air talks have lanced the boil of any potential dressing room dissent.
Once they've lanced the boil and seen this film, people will realise the streets won't become full of paedophiles.
Blues chief executive Bob Norster lanced the boil once and for all following Saturday's friendly at Sardis - a game that we know now will remain a one-off for the foreseeable future.
It has lanced the boil of independence and separatism, with decisions made in Wales for Wales by the Assembly.