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yak shaving

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Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.
Quentin Crisp
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Etymology

Uncertain, probably coined by Carlin Vieri in his time at MIT (1993-8), based on an episode of the The Ren and Stimpy Show.

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yak shaving

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yak shaving (-)
  1. (idiomatic) Any apparently useless activity which, by allowing you to overcome intermediate difficulties, allows you to solve a larger problem.
    I was doing a bit of yak shaving this morning, and it looks like it might have paid off.

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