like a chicken with its head cut off

(redirected from chicken with its head cut off)

like a chicken with its head cut off

In a frenzied manner, distractedly, crazily. For example, She ran around the station looking for her lost bag like a chicken with its head cut off . This graphic simile alludes to the fact that the body of a chicken whose head has been cut off sometimes totters about crazily before succumbing.
See also: chicken, cut, head, like, off

like a chicken with its head cut off

In a frenzy. Chickens have been known to twitch and even stagger around for several minutes after being decapitated, the result of a reflexive response. A person in the throes of extreme emotional agitation exhibits the same sort of fowl play.
See also: chicken, cut, head, like, off
References in periodicals archive ?
imperialism as doomed as a chicken with its head cut off.
You can't absorb too much when you're trying to coach - you run around like a chicken with its head cut off.
I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Hayes was chatting up the ladies and Jeremy was running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to videotape all the action.
Then, in that forgettable span of 1:42, the Kings were that proverbial chicken with its head cut off.
Prior to installing the Attack Mitigator, I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off five or six times a day, chasing down attack sources and disconnecting offending machines.