like kicking dead whales down the beach

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Describes 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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(1997-12-23)

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