Like herding cats

Idiom

Like herding cats

Definition

Used to describe a situation which is difficult to control or manage.

Examples

Trying to get everyone to agree on the project plan was like herding cats.

The teacher quickly realized that trying to manage the students was like herding cats.

The project manager said it was like herding cats trying to get the team to work together.

I feel like I’m herding cats trying to get everyone to show up to the meeting on time.

His job was like herding cats, trying to get everyone to follow the same process.

Origin

United States, early 1900s

FAQs

Question

What does “like herding cats” mean?

Answer

It is an idiom used to describe a situation which is difficult to manage or control.