= W =
wave a dead chicken v.
To perform a ritual in the direction
of crashed software or hardware that one believes to be futile but
is nevertheless necessary so that others are satisfied that an
appropriate degree of effort has been expended. "I'll wave a dead
chicken over the source code, but I really think we've run into an
OS bug." Compare voodoo programming, rain dance; see
also casting the runes.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.