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  • noun slang A confusing, disorganized situation often attributed to or marked by human error.
  • noun slang A convoluted issue that is contested by many parties.
  • noun A rodeo event in which competitors attempt to lasso a goat, usually for younger participants.


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  • A completely messy or disorganized situation.

    October 8, 2008

  • Is it related to yak-shaving?

    October 8, 2008

  • Hey! This term just came up at work, and again I thought of yak-shaving. Goat rope was defined for me as: "akin to herding cats... chaotic with a small rate of success."

    Although this person hyphenated it too.

    September 16, 2009

  • This term was used in my Idaho High School (1970's) to help classify the hierarchy of students. One was either a band geek (dumb sweaters), goat rope (cowboy boots and Skoal-ring worn in back pocket of jeans), jock, or greaser (drug culture). Each class had its own area of the parking lot staked out. Each pretty much avoided the other, except to fight.

    September 16, 2009