Cut the Gordian knot

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cut the Gordian knot to overcome a difficulty by violent measures—Alexander, unable to untie the fateful knot tied by Gordius, king of Phrygia, having cut it through with his sword
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Idioms

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

In literature:

The unknown cut the Gordian knot himself.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
We shall have cut the gordian knot of slavery, and the death agonies of the hydra would soon be visible.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
That may seem like cutting the Gordian knot, but, after all, it is the only explanation that can be given.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
I'll cut the Gordian knots right down their middles!
"Turandot: The Chinese Sphinx" by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
The government cut the Gordian knot by a violent stroke.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The umpire cut the Gordian knot by sending Curry back to third, where he and Mackay chaffed each other and the game went on.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
So she has cut the Gordian knot herself!
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
When the Gordian knot is ready to be cut, God sends the Alexander!
"Gems (?) of German Thought" by Various
On that account, Ugalde knew that the sword would be necessary in order to cut the gordian knot of so obstinate an insurrection.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 41 of 55, 1691-1700" by Various
He laughed a little at such a method of cutting the Gordian knot.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
There is no cutting of the Gordian knots of life; each must be smilingly unravelled.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
My hope was that if Karine was really in the drawing-room she would come forth, and the Gordian knot of the dilemma would be cut.
"The House by the Lock" by C. N. Williamson
It might have been the sword that would have cut the Gordian Knot.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
He cut the Gordian knot by building a factory of his own at Chicago.
"The Romance of the Reaper" by Herbert Newton Casson
Well, that is the Gordian knot that the farm daughters will be able to cut.
"The American Country Girl" by Martha Foote Crow
At Sardes he cuts the Gordian knot, and then advances rapidly.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 98, December, 1865" by Various
It was, after all, only cutting the Gordian knot in his life.
"The Key to Yesterday" by Charles Neville Buck
We may cut the Gordian knot, and boldly accept the paradox.
"The Unpopular Review, Number 19" by Various
I want in this case to cut the Gordian knot quickly.
"A Plucky Girl" by L. T. Meade
It was Jean herself who cut the Gordian knot and brought things to a climax.
"Mrs. Dorriman, Volume 1 of 3" by Julie Bosville Chetwynd
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In science:

Gordian knot – the conflict between our two most basic theories – can be cut without compromising the superposition principle in some manner.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
Thus, ADG does not solve these puzzles; it simply cuts the Gordian knot that they present us within the CDG-framework.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
In 1987 Weinberg proposed to cut this Gordian knot by applying anthropic reasoning to the cosmological term.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
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