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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.
See also: break, lance

lance the boil

To take 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 through

1. To pierce someone or something with a very sharp, typically elongated object. You'll have to lance through the boil with a needle or something if you want the swelling to go down. The linebacker managed to lance through the offensive line and tackle the quarterback. The fish lanced through the water like a harpoon and leapt high into the air.
2. To spread through someone or something very rapidly and intensely. Sorrow lanced through his heart whenever he remembered the family and friends he'd had to leave behind. Pain lanced through my hand where the bee had stung me.
See also: lance, through

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

v.
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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Lance Sergeant Sam Potts' wife, Bethany, plays in the Regimental Band of the Welsh Guards, based in London.
Lance has been a huge influence on my decision to pursue my nursing tohu--his drive and passion for the health of Maori is what intrigued me.
"Before all this, Lance was always outgoing and loud, very cheeky, and he liked to work hard and play hard.
Lance and I have such a strong connection thatagain our honesty and openness is so important."
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.
But Lance collapsed in April and was admitted to ICU where doctors told him he had terminal cancer.
In 1962, Lance became the first Senior Master of Science (MSD) at Rose Bay High School.
TOP ROW, FROM LEFT Captain Philip Guy, Naval Rating Ian Seymour, Warrant Officer 2nd Class Mark Stratford (silhouette), Marine Sholto Hedenskog, Lance Bombardier Llywelyn Evans, Colour Sgt John Cecil, Major Jason Ward, Sergeant Les Hehir, Lt Philip Green, Lt Tony King, Lt James Williams, Lt Philip West, Lt Marc Lawrence, Lt Andrew Wilson, Flight Lt Kevin Main, Flight Lt Dave Williams (silhouette), Sapper Luke Allsopp, Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth, Sergeant Steven Roberts, Lance Corporal Barry Stephen.
Four of the studies that provided data for this project give CPUE data for Sand Lance, but for most studies CPUE could not be calculated.
Lance Cpl Thornton is on board one of two 72ft yachts racing against each other as part of Exercise Transglobe 2015/16, which has brought together the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force to develop leadership, initiative and resilience in military personnel.
WID Offiah defended Ben Flower's attack on Lance Hohaia.
The lance weighs just 12 pounds with its standard 36-inch barrel.
I'M HAVING THE RARE PRIVILLEGE OF WATCHING THE MIGHTY LANCE POWER GROVEL.
I have a few comments to offer on Larry Belitz's article, Captured Crow Lance and Beaded Case in the last issue of Whispering Wind (42:4).
Twelve months ago Lance Gregory was stabbed through the chest with 12-inch kitchen knife in an attack that lasted just 23 seconds.