Pronunciation: (gôr'dē-un), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/gordian.html on line 73 [key]
1. pertaining to Gordius, ancient king of Phrygia, who tied a knot ( the Gor'dian knot') that, according to prophecy, was to be undone only by the person who was to rule Asia, and that was cut, rather than untied, by Alexander the Great.
2. resembling the Gordian knot in intricacy.
3. cut the Gordian knot, to act quickly and decisively in a difficult situation; solve a problem boldly.
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