Gordian knot

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any very difficult problem

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an intricate knot tied by Gordius, the king of Phrygia, and cut by the sword of Alexander the Great after he heard that whoever undid it would become ruler of Asia

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In other words the public expects - and will applaud - Alexander-type action that slices through Gordian knots, but it is also fearful that slicing through every problem with a blade risks exceeding what is permissible, not only as to means, but methods.
Alexander's bold, unexpected resolution gave rise to the oft-repeated saying, "cutting the Gordian knot.
It's a fascinating Gordian knot and one that adds extra depth and humanity to the archetypal narrative of illness.
The story of the Gordian knot will be used as a metaphor in this attempt to unravel this complex/inter-woven set of various definitions.
One of the great attractions of reading or hearing Bob is seeing him cut through the Gordian knot of tangled theories or research findings.
WHAT DO YOU get when you combine a Gordian knot with a Sisyphean task?
History cannot be rewritten; the Holocaust remains both the Gordian knot that links us and an integral part of our identities.
In Kosovo, these four impediments to equal justice - corruption, organized crime, family ties and the "war hero" phenomenon - are woven through the culture, forming a Gordian knot which continues to restrict the development of the rule of law and its equal application to all members and levels of society.
The essay focuses on the 1810 Gothic melodrama The Gordian Knot, or, Causes and Effects, by Charleston writer Isaac Harby (1788-1828).
Indeed, in the tangled realm of political image-crafting, language, charisma, rhetoric, and stagecraft are joined together in the Gordian knot of authenticity, with no hope of a sword to sort them out.
It is accessible while remaining complex, balancing a contemplation of the Gordian Knot that is the history of Spanish film with a crisp and lucid argument.
The government has cut through that Gordian knot by fining transgressing employers, and for that the workers are grateful.
If we are to break the Gordian knot, I think we shall see the numbers of those convicted with drug problems would be much reduced.
as her mother unties the gordian knot of her hair, civilizing, province
It is really that Gordian Knot that needs to be cracked, that needs to be addressed as collectively as possible, starting with those at the center but with the support of the international community probably channeled through the IMF.