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cleanse the Augean stables

To rid a place or entity of an accumulation of something (often corruption). In Greek mythology, Hercules was tasked with cleansing the Augean stables—which had not been cleaned in 30 years. The town council is so full of corruption that I'm skeptical that any new member can cleanse the Augean stables.
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The aptly, if unpleasantly, titled Cleaning Augean Stables turns out to be not merely an exercise in nostalgia for the initiated; it's indispensable for anyone seriously interested in the art of the play.
Mr Smith said: "Our close working relationship with Augean has grown in the past few years and its experience and range of services has opened the doors to many new opportunities.
Hopefully, they will soon discover they are not and the quicker the Commissioner cleans out the Augean stables, the better for all concerned.
Erol Rizaov reminds in Utrinski Vesnik of the stunt of Hercules who managed to turn over the rivers and clean the stables and explains that today the expression Augean stables is used for something utterly desolated, chaotic and dirty, something that simply "cries" for cleaning.
Today, officials who genuinely want to fight corruption, including some at the very top, are often in a minority and lack the power to clean out those Augean Stables," he said, referring to the daunting task of Greek mythology.
Despite some criticism, the consensus appears to be that the government made the right decision in bringing back the former EFCC boss to cleanse the Nigerian-oil Augean stable.
The final task, cleaning the Augean stables, requires Eric to rid the school loos of the smell of wee.
Given the magnitude of his labors - killing the Nemean lion, cleaning the Augean stables, fetching the golden apples of the Hesperides, and the list goes on - you can't blame Herakles for being weary.
Students of mythology and users of the English language have likely heard something decidedly unpleasant labeled as "the Augean stables.
SURELY the time has come to clean out the Augean stables.
The local authorities should also show activity and responsibility to cleanse the Augean stable of corruption in public health sector.
If you tell the standard-bearers of this army, and they are to be found everywhere, that they should have patience and wait for the political process to bring about change and cleanse the Augean stables, the ready response is that if the nation waits any longer there will be nothing left to save.
What he wished was to have his ashes flushed down the ladies' room toilet of Syracuse City Hall, which would so clog the pipes that the resulting blast of glutinous broth would douse the place clean much in the way that Heracles once flushed out the Augean stables.
Permit me therefore to query, were the Augean Stables really in the Aegean, and if so, why haven't more MPs accounts sunk without trace?