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 for wave a dead chicken
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  wave a dead chicken
   v.
  
      To perform a ritual in the direction of crashed software or hardware that
      one believes to be futile but is nevertheless necessary so that others are
      satisfied that an appropriate degree of effort has been expended. ?I'll
      wave a dead chicken over the source code, but I really think we've run into
      an OS bug.? Compare voodoo programming, rain dance; see also casting
      the runes.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  wave a dead chicken
  
      To perform a ritual in the direction of crashed
     software or hardware that one believes to be futile but is
     nevertheless necessary so that others are satisfied that an
     appropriate degree of effort has been expended.  "I'll wave a
     dead chicken over the source code, but I really think we've
     run into an OS bug".
  
     Compare voodoo programming, rain dance.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1996-09-08)
  

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