cut the Gordian knot

idiom

Definition of cut the Gordian knot

: to solve a difficult problem in a very direct way by doing something forceful or extreme

Learn More about cut the Gordian knot

Statistics for cut the Gordian knot

Cite this Entry

“Cut the Gordian knot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cut%20the%20Gordian%20knot. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

Comments on cut the Gordian knot

What made you want to look up cut the Gordian knot? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!