like kicking dead whales down the beach ⇝

kicking dead whales down the beach

(jargon, humour)   A simile for a slow, difficult, and disgusting process. First popularised by a famous quote about the difficulty of getting work done under one of IBM's mainframe OSes. "Well, you *could* write a C compiler in COBOL, but it would be like kicking dead whales down the beach."

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Last updated: 2012-09-21


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