cut the gordian knot

Cut the Gordian knot
If someone cuts the Gordian knot, they solve a very complex problem in a simple way.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • cut the Gordian knot — To overcome a difficulty by violent measures, as Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot with his sword • • • Main Entry: ↑Gordian * * * cut the Gordian knot phrase to solve a very difficult problem in a quick and determined way that may cause… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut the gordian knot — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. to find a quick solution to a deeply entangled problem. Somebody had to find a way to cut the Gordian knot of Congressional gridlock. SYN.: solve, untangle, *cut through red tape, extricate, free,… …   English dictionary for students

  • cut the Gordian knot — to deal with a difficult problem in a strong, simple and effective way. There was so much fighting between staff, she decided to cut the Gordian knot and sack them all …   New idioms dictionary

  • cut the Gordian knot —    If someone cuts the Gordian knot, they solve a very complex problem in a simple way.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Cut the Gordian knot —   If some cuts the Gordian knot, they solve a very complex problem in a simple way …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • cut the Gordian knot — solve a difficult problem in a direct or forceful way. → Gordian knot …   English new terms dictionary

  • cut the Gordian knot — to solve a very difficult problem in a quick and determined way that may cause other problems in the future …   English dictionary

  • cut the Gordian knot — find an easy way out of difficulty …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cut the Gordian knot — idi to solve a problem boldly and decisively …   From formal English to slang

  • To cut the Gordian knot — Cut Cut (k[u^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cut}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cutting}.] [OE. cutten, kitten, ketten; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. cwtau to shorten, curtail, dock, cwta bobtailed, cwt tail, skirt, Gael. cutaich to shorten, curtail, dock, cutach …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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