Gordian knot

(redirected from Gordian knots)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms.
Related to Gordian knots: cutting the Gordian knot

Gordian knot:

see GordiusGordius
, 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.
..... Click the link for more information.
.

Gordian knot

(in Greek legend) a complicated knot, tied by King Gordius of Phrygia, that Alexander the Great cut with a sword
References in periodicals archive ?
The proverbial Gordian knot was difficult to untie because it had no beginning or end, which today is likened to a dilemma or problem.
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.
Once you start trimming the ends off garnish peels, Hartai said, you'll likely begin playing around with ways to make them look more appealing, from serpent-tongue ends to Gordian knots.
The country really needs a party of Restoration; a party capable of fulfilling some obvious and common-sense policies, prepared to cut Gordian Knots and proclaim a few pragmatic sanctions.