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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

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.
See also: boil, lance

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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If you can imagine the guy on the old Lynx advert dancing on his own and sliding across the floor in the middle of the room - that was Lance.
It seems like Lance somehow managed to end up with a throwing star, but "Arrow" is going to have to do some serious work to make us believe that he's the murderer using them.
Lance has served the Science Teacher's Association of Tasmania and ASTA over many years and was awarded Honorary Life Membership in 1984.
SECOND ROW, FROM LEFT Corporal Stephen Allbutt, Trooper David Clarke, Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull, Royal Marine Christopher Maddison, Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley, Major Stephen Ballard, Staff Sergeant Chris Muir, Lance Corporal Karl Shearer, Fusilier Kelan John Turrington, Lance Corporal Ian Malone, Piper Christopher Muzvuru, Lt Alexander Tweedie, Lance Corporal James McCue, Private Andrew Kelly, Gunner Duncan Pritchard (silhouette), Corporal David Sheppard (silhouette), Leonard Harvey, Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell, Corporal Russell Aston, Corporal Paul Graham Long.
Lance on moving MDA to the next level of profitable growth and value-creation, and to Dan remaining on the Board and thereby continuing to make a valuable contribution to MDAs future success.
Regarding the fringe, Crow parfleche lances invariably have two lengths of fringe, one is relatively short, 6 inches or so along the top edge of the lance head, the other, along the bottom edge is typically a foot and a half or more.
Pictures of Lance adorn the one wall of Crystal's Warwickshire home, but she positions her chair away from the photographs to help her cope.
Abid, representing the Pano Akil Garrison, unfurled the national flag on the grave of Shaheed Lance Naik Aftab Ali Samo.
Another said she was scared of Lance, he exerted control over her and became more aggressive in his advances towards her.
Getting people to press a tiny, gray rectangle on the top of a page more than 50,000 times is its own challenge, but to have nearly 40 people donate--nobody, not even Lance receives monetary compensation--time and talent to your idea is by far the more significant achievement.
Thanks to its multiple sales channel presence, Lance has been able to shift focus along with market trends.
Lance divulges in his book that, as he had just got out of his marriage, he did not have any immediate plans to have a baby with former fiancE[umlaut] Sheryl Crow, as her biological clock was ticking.
Lance Corporal Christopher Harkett, 22, from C Company of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh, was killed in an explosion while on foot patrol south of Musa Qala in Helmand Province on Saturday.
TEENAGER Lance McConnell's dream has now come true.
The aim of the study was to develop methods for passive and semi-active damping of the glass pick-up robot lance vibration.