to cut the knot love

to cut the knot


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to dispose of a difficulty summarily; to solve it by prompt, arbitrary action, rather than by skill or patience.


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  • Henry resented the discussion of a German question on foreign soil, though the question of Investitures was one of universal interest; and he threatened to cut the knot with his sword, as soon as circumstances permitted his going to Rome to receive the imperial crown.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip


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