Simple Definition of Gordian knot
: a complicated and difficult problem
Full Definition of Gordian knot
1 : an intricate problem; especially : a problem insoluble in its own terms —often used in the phrase cut the Gordian knot
2 : a knot tied by Gordius, king of Phrygia, held to be capable of being untied only by the future ruler of Asia, and cut by Alexander the Great with his sword
Examples of gordian knot
a Gordian knot of legal troubles
First Known Use of gordian knot
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