To perform a one-time edit a text file, usuially a set of organized data, by hand.
Usuially used as the alternative to writing a script or program to reach the same goal.
Frequently used when one decides that programming a disposable script and running it is more time consuming than just doing it by hand.
<geek1> This file needs some occurances of 'foo' replaced by 'bar', and I'm not sure how to write a script to do it.
<geek2> how about hiring someone at minimum wage to do a meat edit for you?
See also adidas protocol