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  1. yak shaving(Noun)

    Any apparently useless activity which, by allowing you to overcome intermediate difficulties, allows you to solve a larger problem.

  2. yak shaving(Noun)

    The actually useless activity you do that appears important when you are consciously or unconsciously procrastinating about a larger problem.

  3. Origin: Uncertain.

The New Hacker's DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. yak shaving

    [MIT AI Lab, after 2000: orig. probably from a Ren & Stimpy episode.] Any seemingly pointless activity which is actually necessary to solve a problem which solves a problem which, several levels of recursion later, solves the real problem you're working on.


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