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Yak Shaving

Category
Adage, Anecdote, Metaphor
Related
Doorway EffectFresh Start Effect
Yak Shaving

Definition

The process of performing a series of tasks (often nested inside completing other tasks, like side quests) to accomplish a goal, each of which seems necessary in context but becomes less and less linked to the original goal.

Origin

Coined by Carlin Vieri in his time at the MIT AI Lab after viewing a 1991 episode of The Ren and Stimpy Show.