To cut the knot

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

See also: Cut

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Fastened to her for life--and the law powerless to cut the knot.
The experiment of splitting the explosive duo of Bates and all-rounder Sophie Devine did not pay off as New Zealand struggled to cut the knot at the top.
President Donald Trump to strike with 'fire and fury' will be able to cut the knot, which has been tight on the Korean Peninsula for many decades?" the diplomat said.
His mother Sarah had to cut the knot and found Peter collapsed inside.