rain dance

Noun1.rain dancerain dance - a ritual dance intended to bring rain
1.rain dance - Any ceremonial action taken to correct a hardware problem, with the expectation that nothing will be accomplished. This especially applies to reseating printed circuit boards, reconnecting cables, etc. "I can't boot up the machine. We'll have to wait for Greg to do his rain dance."
2.rain dance - Any arcane sequence of actions performed with computers or software in order to achieve some goal; the term is usually restricted to rituals that include both an incantation or two and physical activity or motion.

Compare magic, voodoo programming, black art, cargo cult programming, wave a dead chicken.
ceremonial dance, corn dance, Hawaiian dancing, hula, hula-hula, ritual dance, ritual dancing
Railway slide
Railway spine
railway station
railway system
railway yard
Rain band
rain barrel
Rain bird
rain buckets
rain cats and dogs
rain check
rain cloud
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rain date
rain down
rain forest
Rain fowl
rain gage
rain gauge
Rain goose
rain out
Rain prints
Rain quail
rain shadow
rain shower
rain stick
rain tree
Rain water
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