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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 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.
See also: boil, lance

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.
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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

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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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.
A common gear type used for sampling juvenile salmon and Sand Lance is the Puget Sound Protocol Net, also referred to as a beach seine.
Almost all Sand Lance data provided were supplemental to surveys directed at other species.
The 'Lance Loader', consisting of platform and lances, can traverse along a set of lateral rails to serve multiple dock doors.
The Lance Loader can also move from the dock into the plant or warehouse on rails to pick up a staged trailer load.
In either case, the Lance Loader can then move back out to the dock to begin loading a waiting trailer.
Lance was Chairman and CEO of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information company serving government and commercial customers.
Lance brings to MDA a unique combination of skills and experience that make him ideally suited to lead MDA in further advancing its strategy of U.S.
I am thrilled to be joining MDA at such an important time in the Company's history," said Howard Lance. During the past decade, MDA has transitioned into a leading provider of highly dependable satellite communication and information solutions to commercial and government customers worldwide.
Had this parleche lance been made in 1840 or sometime before that, it would not have been beaded with 16/o seed beads as Plains beadwork at that period was done with pony beads.
Finally, there is something odd about this parfleche lance. There is fading in the red wool of the tabs but the red wool binding on the shaft and the white leather thong holding it in place are remarkably bright and clean, as is the fringe, one might even say new looking.
Lance Dawes: Why'd you name it Baker and not the Piss Drunks?
Lance Dawes: Was Warner Avenue around the time when you and your friends invented the big finger board?
In the novel's opening, Percival quickly establishes himself, with Lance's help, as the intersubjective other.
Equally Percival and Lancelot, Percy separates himself from Lance's "despair" and "selfishness" through Percival's "hope" and "charity." Although Percival is silent, his presence provides the moral norm of the novel.