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Meaning of GORDIAN KNOT

Pronunciation:  'gordeeun nât

 
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 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an intricate knot tied by King Gordius of Phrygia and cut with his sword by Alexander the Great after hearing that whoever undid it would become ruler of Asia
  2. [n]  any very difficult problem; insoluble in its own terms
 
 See Also: knot, problem

 

 

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