strike the first blow

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Ten minutes later we were speeding through the night toward Hastor, prepared to strike the first blow for the preservation of Dejah Thoris.
MANCHESTER UNITED can strike the first blow in this season's Premier League title race with a victory in the Community Shield.
Lib-Cons, Alex "The Killer" Kerr and Lesley "The Rocket" Rickerby, are eager to strike the first blow and hoping they don't fall out before the chair declares tonight's meeting open.
THEY are first and second in the Premier League title betting and Chelsea and Manchester United will be looking to strike the first blow when the English titans meet in the Community Shield at Wembley this afternoon, writes Mark Langdon.
The two sides could yet meet in the play-off final at Twickenham, but Wasps look the value to strike the first blow today.
Who would be free must strike the first blow, Must strike the first blow.
Airbus gaffer Andy Preece will surely say that's it's too early to call this a title decider but he will know the importance of having home advantage in their first clash and to strike the first blow in their fight to stop the visitors from retaining the crown.
The Chelsea boss takes his team to Old Trafford tomorrow, seeking to strike the first blow in the Barclays Premier League title race.
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are the obvious threats, with the Dutc hman 4-1 to score the opener, but it makes sense to opt for a wager on Rooney to strike the first blow at 9-2.
Georgia coach Klaus Toppmoller, whose side had no chance of qualifying, handed starts to 16-year-old Levan Kenia and two 17-year-olds, goalkeeper Giorgi Makaridze and Mchedlidze, and it was the latter who was to strike the first blow.
They called in local historian, Dr Paul Collins to witness history in the making - and strike the first blow - marking the start of the project.
Managing director for developers David Payne Homes, Paul Cranidge, was joined by local historian Dr Paul Collins to strike the first blow to the famous building, marking the start of the demolition project.