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Gordian

[gawr-dee-uh n] /ˈgɔr di ən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to Gordius, ancient king of Phrygia, who tied a knot (the Gordian knot) that, according to prophecy, was to be undone only by the person who was to rule Asia, and that was cut, rather than untied, by Alexander the Great.
2.
resembling the Gordian knot in intricacy.
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3.
cut the Gordian knot, to act quickly and decisively in a difficult situation; solve a problem boldly.
Origin of Gordian
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin Gordi(us) (< Greek Górdios Gordius) + -an
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  • It was she who invented the short cut, who severed the Gordian knot.

    The Aspern Papers Henry James
  • The proof of this last was that he took a revolver to his Gordian knot.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • The Bishop cut the Gordian knot for her by ordering all seculars to be turned out of the dorter.

  • "I have something to tell you," he says, cutting the Gordian knot at a clean stroke.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • But Washington did not hesitate a moment to cut this Gordian knot.

  • “Well, I have cut the Gordian knot,” 262 continued Marmaduke.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • What a deliverer was therefore the stern Crete-bound veteran, who cut the Gordian knot of enchantment with, "Pack and begone."

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe

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