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jacdac

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Lebanese
“Let’s get married,” he said in a sudden strong voice. He had the air of a man who has decided that the best way to solve the Gordian knot problem would be to hack right down through the middle of it. Full speed ahead and get the whiners belowdecks.
Source: The Stand by Stephen King
Context: Frannie has just told her boyfriend Jiss she is preggers.

What does hack right down mean? In a way, getting married is tieing the knot. To hack could mean to cut with rough or heavy blows and this does not seem to corroborate with tying the knot.

Thank you.
 
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    I suggest you start by understanding what a Gordian knot is. LMGTFY
    His approach to the problem was not to unravel the knot but simply to hack through it.
     

    jacdac

    Senior Member
    Lebanese
    Thank you. So hack right down = hack through

    hack one's way through something
    Fig. to cut one's way through something. We had to hack our way through the jungle. The surveyors hacked a pathway through the undergrowth.

    Thank you again. Awesome.
     
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