to cut the Gordian knot 解決難題
02, May 2005 16:05
gordian (GOR-dee-uhn) adjective
Highly intricate; extremely difficult to solve.
[In Greek mythology, King Gordius of Phrygia tied a knot that defied all
who tried to untie it. An oracle prophesied that one who would undo this
Gordian knot would rule Asia. Alexander the Great simply cut the knot with
one stroke of his sword. Hence the saying, "to cut the Gordian knot" meaning
to solve a difficult problem by a simple, bold, and effective action.]
"Fortunately, the FBI has a team of good-looking, well-dressed,
super-smart agents to untangle this Gordian plot."
David Chater; TV Choice; The Times (London, UK); Apr 24, 2004.