to perform a task known to be ineffective simply to make it appear you are working to solve a problem.
i knew the proposal was way off base but i waved a dead chicken and corrected the spelling anyway.
by hidef March 29, 2004
A term commonly used in technology meaning to do some useless, unhelpful thing in hopes it will solve a problem. For example, restarting your computer.
Intern: AGH! My computer froze!
Supervisor: Well, why don't you just wave a dead chicken over it; restart it.
by Leah77777777777777777777 August 9, 2008