Gordian knot


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, in Greek mythology, king of Phrygia. An oracle had told the Phrygians that the king who would put an end to their troubles was approaching in an oxcart, and, thus, when Gordius, a peasant, appeared in his wagon, he was hailed king.
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Gordian knot

(in Greek legend) a complicated knot, tied by King Gordius of Phrygia, that Alexander the Great cut with a sword
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Alexander's bold, unexpected resolution gave rise to the oft-repeated saying, "cutting the Gordian knot.
Alexander the Great invaded Asia and, having arrived at Gordium where the oxcart was tied up, he also attempted to untie the legendary Gordian knot after hearing the prediction of the oracle.
The Gordian knot is the stuff of ancient legend; tied by the gods, it was incredibly complex and couldn't be unravelled (demonstrating the sort of lateral thinking for which internet malfeasants are renowned, Alexander the Great solved the problem by slicing it asunder with his sword).
Should it try to continue to play the role of the little boy with his finger in the dike and simply wait indefinitely to see if unknown factors will allow Kosovo society to cut the Gordian knot restricting development of the rule of law?
The Gordian Knot thus lacks two components that might have made it appealing to modern-day scholars: it is neither distinctly American nor distinctly Jewish.
The government has cut through that Gordian knot by fining transgressing employers, and for that the workers are grateful.
If we are to break the Gordian knot, I think we shall see the numbers of those convicted with drug problems would be much reduced.
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It is really that Gordian Knot that needs to be cracked, that needs to be addressed as collectively as possible, starting with those at the center but with the support of the international community probably channeled through the IMF.
Unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences are the modem-day equivalent of the Gordian knot.
The confluence of work and nonwork factors is a perpetual Gordian knot.
We'll see who lands on our doorstep to unravel the Gordian knot.