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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A fourth term offered Kitzhaber the opportunity see his health care and education reforms through to greater maturity, and perhaps to wield his mediation skills to cut the Gordian knot of Oregon politics: tax reform.
President, you be that one to cut the Gordian knot, and just decide.
He seems to believe that an accord on the nuclear issue would cut the Gordian knot of Iran's relations with the outside world.
The intractable issues of post-colonial Africa have frustrated diplomats and development agencies for decades, and the vague and chimerical suggestions of the authors--that a troubled African nation should simply "get its own house in order," for example--are not policy prescriptions likely to cut the Gordian Knot of Africa's manifold governance problems.
Isn't it time to cut the Gordian knot by reducing the handout mentality and the dependence on the government to meet most housing needs?
The impulse simply to cut the Gordian knot of debt by defaulting on it is much stronger when creditors are remote and unknown.
Moldova's referendum on September 5 was envisioned as the sword that would cut the Gordian knot of political deadlock between a coalition of four pro-Western parties and the opposition communists.
The United States has repeatedly tried to cut the Gordian knot of landownership.
lt;p>Halper says "if the Labour government does not help Obama cut the Gordian Knot of Occupation, it will be impossible to achieve an equitable two-state solution.
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