be like herding cats

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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.
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In the words of one Army program official, "The LSI does a much better job of herding the cats than the government could" (Source #4, personal communication, February 15, 2005).