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cut/untie the Gordian knot

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcut/untie the Gordian knotcut/untie the Gordian knotSOLVE/DEAL WITH A PROBLEMto quickly solve a difficult problem by determined action In recent years, governments have tried to cut the Gordian knot by imposing cuts in state support to the railways. Gordian knot
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cut/untie the Gordian knotA similar attempt to cut the Gordian knot of Chapter 4 also proves to be fallacious.If Gorbachev expects to untie the Gordian knot, he has over-estimated his powers.
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