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
A thorough clean-out of the Augean stables is desperately needed.
Whether the Loya Jirga, which is a representative body of all segments of society, including various communities and ethnicities, could cleanse the proverbial Augean stables of Afghanistan is a debatable question but convening the Jirga should not be a problem for President Ashraf Ghani.
It is an uphill task, which necessitates Herculean effort to clean the Augean Stables.
The calling of the outsider to cleanse the Augean stables possesses a mythic quality.
It might have been easier for Hercules to clean up the Augean stables.
So, does this all mean that the Augean stables have been cleansed?
Some 30,000 appeals dating back to the 1980s were still outstanding last February, Tax Commissioner Yiannis Tsangaris said on Thursday, likening the situation to the mythological Augean Stables, which had not been cleaned for years.
He boasted that he would clear the AUGEAN STABLES, give the city a new look and rid the city of all encroachments.
Cleaning the Augean stables exposed him to enteric pathogens from the vast quantities of manure generated by teeming herds of cows, sheep, horses, and goats.
In myth, the Augean stables held 3,000 oxen and had not been cleaned for decades.