Augean stables


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Augean stables

held 3,000 oxen, uncleaned for 30 years; Hercules’ fifth labor: washes out dung by diverting a river. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 149]
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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.
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.
The final task, cleaning the Augean stables, requires Eric to rid the school loos of the smell of wee.
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.
The country becomes a veritable Augean Stables which cannot be cleansed and renewed without the raging torrent of a revolt unleashed by an awakened people.
By contrast, there are ample resources in the juvenilia and other unpublished manuscripts--that Augean Stables in which Millar has toiled so staunchly to recover Spark to a Waiting Fuse and Cold Spring.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.