herding cats

Herding Cats – Idiom of the Week

Have you ever had one of those moments when you feel like no matter how hard you try? That something is going to either go wrong or fall through the cracks (bonus points if you know this extra idiom)? When things seem unmanageable or just too complex to get done, we compare these activities to the act of “herding cats,” – this week’s idiom of the week. And if you’ve ever owned a cat, you’ll know they aren’t terribly concerned with following the pack.
Whether you work for a company leading large teams or small, are struggling to juggle the demands of a challenging college course load, or are a stay-at-home parent trying to manage the myriad details of after school play dates, music lessons, sports, or appointments, at one time or another you’re going to feel like you’re trying to herd cats. Oh, and as an ex-pat still struggling with the cultural-linguistic challenges of a new life and culture, you might just find yourself an expert at herding cats!

The handy, online Free Dictionary provides the following definition:

be like herding cats (more here)

To be very unwieldy or unmanageable; to be nearly impossible to organize. Usually said of a group of people. Getting all of the extended family into their right places for the reunion photo was like herding cats! It’s like herding cats trying to manage all these different software development teams.
See also: cat, herd, like

 

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