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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"The cabinet can be small in size to avert waste of public money." Dr Shah Din Malik came up with his thinking about the means of cutting the Gordian knot created over the now-defunct caretaker-government system.
When a leader solves a problem with bold action, it's often referred to as cutting the Gordian knot. This comes from a legend about Alexander the Great reaching the city of Gordium, whose ancient founder, Gordius, had left behind a chariot tied to a pole by means of a complicated knot.
Alexander's bold, unexpected resolution gave rise to the oft-repeated saying, "cutting the Gordian knot." That saying--now ubiquitously and inevitably linked to the shopworn notion of "thinking outside the box"--continues, however, to help codify thorny conundrums in multiple disciplines, including law, commerce, technology, education, economics, warfare, medicine, and health.
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.