One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to Augeas.‘the Augean stables’
- ‘Hercules had avoided cleaning the Augean stables by diverting the course of two rivers through the building.’
- ‘When he had come back from cleansing the Augean stables, he would be reminded that he hadn't seized the girdle of the Queen of the Amazons, or brought the golden apples from the Garden of the Hesperides, or brought up Cerberus from Hades.’
- ‘A modern-day equivalent of cleaning the Augean stables.’
- ‘Cleaning out the Augean stables was one of the labours of Hercules and the incoming Greek government faces similar challenges.’
- ‘One can't help thinking of Hercules cleaning up the Augean stables.’
- ‘Hugh performs a Herculean task visiting the Augean stables of Durbin's mind.’
- ‘This is my modern day version of the Augean stables task.’
- 1.1 (of a task or problem) requiring so much effort to complete or solve as to seem impossible.‘there are Augean amounts of debris to clear’
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