Definition of Augean stables noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Augean stables

BrE BrE//ɔːˌdʒiːən ˈsteɪblz//
; NAmE NAmE//ɔːˌdʒiːən ˈsteɪblz//
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(in ancient Greek stories) the very large stables which Hercules cleaned in a day by making a river flow through them, now often used to refer to a situation where there is a lot of dishonest or illegal behaviour