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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To her mind this complicated tangle of the affairs of life was a Gordian knot impossible to untie and which genius ought to cut.
The delicate balance of politics in Lebanon requires diplomacy and compromise in order to untangle Gordian knots such as the presidential vacuum.
Once you start trimming the ends off garnish peels, Hartai said, you'll likely begin playing around with ways to make them look more appealing, from serpent-tongue ends to Gordian knots.
The country really needs a party of Restoration; a party capable of fulfilling some obvious and common-sense policies, prepared to cut Gordian Knots and proclaim a few pragmatic sanctions.
LOVE them or force-feed them with grain, if there's one thing you've got to admire about the French, it's their ability to slice through the most convoluted of Gordian knots with the trusty sword of belligerent militancy.