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 UK Brexit team and their Brussels equivalent are tying themselves into ever more complex Gordian knots, as they continue to do battle over the UK's decision to quit the EU.
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.
The delicate balance of politics in Lebanon requires diplomacy and compromise in order to untangle Gordian knots such as the presidential vacuum.
I am attempting to undo the Gordian knots in multiple notions of contextualisation by penetrating the existing compound definitions, like Alexander cut through the legendary Gordian knot with his sword, solving the problem of untying it.
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.