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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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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”.’
See also: boil, lance

lance through

1. To pierce through something or someone: My spear lanced through the fish.
2. To permeate something or someone thoroughly and sharply: Pain lanced through the runner's body during the marathon.
See also: lance, through
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As he was about to stand trial, Lance, latterly of Nelson House, South Bank, pleaded guilty to 18 charges - 15 counts of indecent assault and three of sexual assault.
I would have been in the future, but not then," Lance added.
An hour or so later the lounge closed and Stu crashed into my room where I pretended to be asleep while he threw the furniture around and yelled at Lance and Grosso for a few minutes with no results.
Now that Lance has seen the proof and Young has shown the proof to others in School Libraries Work
TOUR DE ROMANCE: Lance Armstrong; LOVE SPLIT: Lance and his wife of five years Kirstin; BOX OFFICE STAR: Sandra in Speed; NEW LOVE: Sandra
For more than six hours, Lance pedaled through cold rain and climbed over many steep hills.
SUGGETT Lance (Our Lance) A dear brother, brother-in-law and uncle.
The magistrates revoked it and sentenced Lance to three weeks in custody, against which he appealed.
The next summer of '84 I returned to Per Welinder's hometown in Sweden to skate a big ramp by a lake for three weeks, with Sir Lance and the Mutt from Gainesville, FL.
FIVE-times Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and his wife are to divorce after a last ditch attempt to save their marriage failed.
THIS is the proof that handsome Lance Gerrard-Wright really is Ulrika Jonsson's Mr Right.
Susan Raymond: The first time we met Lance we turned on the cameras, walked into the door of his room at the Chelsea Hotel, and just started shooting.
Lance" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:LNCE) concerning possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of law related to the announcement that Lance and privately held pretzel maker Snyder's of Hanover ("Snyder's") plan to combine into the country's No.
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With Lance Armstrong willing to forget Paris after this last spin through the countryside, OLN should be just glad it could go along for the ride.