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]
See: Filth
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The federal government has become a modern Augean stables in dire need of a thorough cleansing.
The fifth Labour of Heracles was to clean the Augean stables.
It also occasioned an awful pun comparing Aggie Busch's barn to the mythological Augean stables that Hercules cleaned out by diverting the Alphas and Peneus Rivers.
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During his celebrated labors, he battled vicious beasts (among them Kerberos, the guard of Hades) and cleaned out the infamous Augean Stables, which housed the filthiest herd of cattle in Hellas.
Now Kenya is cleaning out the Augean stables, including sacking 35 public procurement officials for awarding themselves building contracts, and dismissing the head of a corrupt judiciary.
Failing a Hercules to divert a river through the Augean Stables, a Birt was the best available.
Comparing her assignment to cleaning the Augean stables may be a bit of a stretch, but JENNY SALTIEL COHEN nevertheless faces what most observers call a Herculean task when asked to beautify the long-neglected Centro Historico and make it, once again, attractive to investors.
Hercules had to be persistent in cleaning the Augean Stables (his sixth labor); heck, they contained three thousand cattle and had not been cleaned for thirty years.
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