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1. Exceedingly filthy from long neglect.
2. Requiring heroic efforts of cleaning or correction: the Augean task of reforming the bureaucracy.

[After Augeas, , legendary Greek king who did not clean his stable for thirty years.]
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extremely dirty or corrupt
[C16: after Augeas; see Augean stables]
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(ɔˈdʒi ən)

1. resembling the Augean stables; filthy; rotten.
2. difficult and unpleasant: an Augean chore.
[1590–1600; < Latin Augē(us) of Augeas (< Greek Augeíās) + -an1]
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Adj.1.Augean - extremely filthy from long neglect
dirty, soiled, unclean - soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"
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References in classic literature ?
How many a poor immortal soul have I met well-nigh crushed and smothered under its load, creeping down the road of life, pushing before it a barn seventy-five feet by forty, its Augean stables never cleansed, and one hundred acres of land, tillage, mowing, pasture, and woodlot!
There is a dire need on the part of the Supreme Court to cleanse the Augean stables of the lower judiciary.
Augean North Sea Services is carrying out cleaning and waste disposal on the FPSO at the Port of Dundee.
More fundamentally, the Goje case strengthens the perception that the current anti-graft war in the country is a ruse and that the Muhammadu Buhari government is merely taking the people for a ride in its mouthy proclamation of the existence of a broom with which it is cleaning the Augean stables.
While the accountability process received more emphasis after the PTI government came into power, it had been felt for some time that a cleaning of the Augean stables was due.
Richard has held various other chief financial officer and head of finance roles at Drax Group, Augean, Yorkshire Water, Kelda Group and Nestle.
The job of renewing Manila is herculean, like cleaning out the Augean stables and Sisyphus condemned to roll a rock up the mountain as it kept rolling down again.
Every epoch appears to be more demanding than the previous one, but we are currently exposed to an era which would require a Herculean effort to clean the Augean Stables.
"For how can we cleanse this Augean stable of criminal derelicts if we only sit in the sidelines and remain remiss in our solemn duty to serve and protect our people," Deluvio said.
'For how can we cleanse this Augean stables of criminal derelicts if we only sit in the sidelines and remain remiss in our solemn duty to serve and protect our people?' he asked.
Around 100 tonnes will arrive by road for disposal at a specialist site operated by industrial waste disposal firm Augean.