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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Getting it done remains dependent in large measure on cutting the Gordian knot of financing for the developing countries.
But civic leaders in the West Midlands have gone some way to cutting the Gordian Knot by ignoring Westminster and setting up a city region on their own terms.
Well, it was hardly cutting the Gordian knot, now was it?
That is why the key to cutting the Gordian knot remains Hezbollah.