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cut the Gordian knot to solve a difficult problem in a rapid, bold manner.
Gordian knot in Greek legend, a knot tied by King Gordius of Phrygia and cut by Alexander the Great, after an oracle had said it could be untied only by the next ruler of Asia. [2 definitions]
granny knot a knot begun like a square knot, but in which the second interlace is the reverse of that of a square knot.
reef knot a square knot used to reef sails; flat knot.
running knot a slipknot.
square knot a double knot with the free ends parallel to the standing parts.
sword knot a loop or strap made of ribbon, leather, or the like, attached as decoration to the hilt of a sword and worn around the wrist.
truelove knot an ornamental double bowknot used to symbolize lasting love because it is difficult to untie.
Windsor knot a form of slipknot used to tie a four-in-hand necktie, that results in a wide triangular knot.