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be like herding cats

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

herd cats

To attempt to coordinate or control subjects that are uncooperative. Often used as a point of comparison in the phrase "like herding cats." Trying to get my two toddlers out the door these days is like herding cats!
See also: cat, herd
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While I'm sure they aren't perfect, they have my sympathy because I suspect trying to manage the game in a manner that keeps all the stakeholders happy is like herding cats.
I dont think the public always fully understands that some of those are about herding cats and managing your coalitions," he said.
When the storm is in this stage, forecasting an accurate path is hard as herding cats, regardless of the weather model, despite the availability of live data from so many reliable sources, such as temperature, humidity, wind speed, air pressure as well as water temperature and salinity of water - and at multiple levels of the atmosphere.
In the Senate, where Valliere says "passing anything is like herding cats," the tax bill will be no exception.
Richard, of Cardiff Bay, said: "The folly of the idea of herding cats is intentional and CatZebra is intentionally fun.
A lot of assistant directors say you only have to ask exmilitary people once and they snap to it - with civvies it can be like herding cats.
That's a contrast from the days when he was herding cats such as Paul McCartney David Bowie and Billy Joel.
Developing an exemplary workers' compensation program and herding cats have a few things in common.
Trying to organise a game of five-a-side football can sometimes feel like herding cats, but a new app promises to take the hassle out of booking a venue.
Coming from an organisation full of academics where managing is known to be akin to herding cats, I can tell you admonition --gentle or friendly reproof--is generally only ever felt by those who don't need it and may well be ignored by those we were most hoping would come into line.
It's like herding cats, and how do you herd cats when you've lost your captain?
I was shopping with five of my children, which can sometimes feel a little bit like herding cats, and Walmart Pay got us through the register smoothly, said Lisa Rowlee, a Walmart Pay customer via the Walmart app.
Getting retired members from all over the state together would be like herding cats, however I can see (RMAG) groups forming in many smaller areas.
At the first rehearsal it was like herding cats but the response was incredible and the result is here for all to see," said Tim.