Augean stables

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(Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them

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We hope, though, that when the cardinals gather to pick Benedict's successor, they consider someone able and willing to clean out the Augean Stables at the Vatican itself.
Hopefully, they will soon discover they are not and the quicker the Commissioner cleans out the Augean stables, the better for all concerned.
YOU'RE already hacked off with talk of Lord Leveson, the Nation's Byreman, mucking out the Augean stables of Fleet Street.
Erol Rizaov reminds in Utrinski Vesnik of the stunt of Hercules who managed to turn over the rivers and clean the stables and explains that today the expression Augean stables is used for something utterly desolated, chaotic and dirty, something that simply "cries" for cleaning.
The country at that point didn't seem at all interested in installing a Goldwater to flush out the Augean Stables.
Today, officials who genuinely want to fight corruption, including some at the very top, are often in a minority and lack the power to clean out those Augean Stables," he said, referring to the daunting task of Greek mythology.
Given the magnitude of his labors - killing the Nemean lion, cleaning the Augean stables, fetching the golden apples of the Hesperides, and the list goes on - you can't blame Herakles for being weary.
Students of mythology and users of the English language have likely heard something decidedly unpleasant labeled as "the Augean stables.
By contrast, there are ample resources in the juvenilia and other unpublished manuscripts--that Augean Stables in which Millar has toiled so staunchly to recover Spark to a Waiting Fuse and Cold Spring.
SURELY the time has come to clean out the Augean stables.
If you tell the standard-bearers of this army, and they are to be found everywhere, that they should have patience and wait for the political process to bring about change and cleanse the Augean stables, the ready response is that if the nation waits any longer there will be nothing left to save.
What he wished was to have his ashes flushed down the ladies' room toilet of Syracuse City Hall, which would so clog the pipes that the resulting blast of glutinous broth would douse the place clean much in the way that Heracles once flushed out the Augean stables.
Permit me therefore to query, were the Augean Stables really in the Aegean, and if so, why haven't more MPs accounts sunk without trace?
If no catharsis can be possible under Speaker Michael Martin - something a clear majority in the House now believes - then neither can this morally bankrupted Parliament, stinking in the ordure, command the confidence of the people to clear out the Augean Stables.