This could be the tip of the spear in a larger battle to Christianize Jewish culture.
But Rivera said that when McCain moved right on immigration, “it was like he threw a spear in my heart.”
In some versions of that story, the spear is the first weapon George tries.
Old English spere, from Proto-Germanic *speri (cf. Old Norse spjör, Old Saxon, Old Frisian sper, Dutch speer, Old High German sper, German Speer "spear"), from PIE root *sper- "spear, pole" (cf. Old Norse sparri "spar, rafter," and perhaps also Latin sparus "hunting spear").
"sprout of a plant," 1540s, variant of spire.
1755, from spear (n.1). Related: Speared; spearing.