Augean stables


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Augean stables

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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the stables, not cleaned for 30 years, where King Augeas kept 3000 oxen. Hercules diverted the River Alpheus through them and cleaned them in a day

Auge′an sta′bles


n.pl.
the stables of Augeas, a legendary king of Elis, which had been left filthy for many years: they were cleaned by Hercules, who diverted a river through them.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Augean stables - (Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through themAugean stables - (Greek mythology) the extremely dirty stables that were finally cleaned by Hercules who diverted two rivers through them
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
Translations

Augean Stables

[ɔːˈdʒiːənˈsteɪblz] NPLestablos mpl de Augias

Augean stables

plAugiasstall m; to clean out the Augean stables (Myth, fig) → den Augiasstall ausmisten
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.
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. This is a sad narrative for Nigeria and those who once believed that this administration had a response to the corrupt practices that permeated the high and low places in the country.
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.
If the Congress has to be cleansed of its Augean Stables, then the place to start with should be its highest decision-making body.
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. The media is expected to be responsible in its role of opinion builder, help the country steer through the trial.
'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.
After cutting open a few cartons and unravelling the contents that were wrapped in tons of paper, we realised that this was like cleaning the legendary Augean Stables. The packers had fortunately not used the polluting plastic bubble wrap.
A movement around a charismatic leader, with constant self-branding and the promise of cleaning the Augean stables of governance, governance that has largely failed to deliver for the common man in the street.
In other words, he will have to become 'Hercules and clean up the Augean Stables'.