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like a headless chicken

  (British) also like a chicken with its head cut off (American)
if you do something like a headless chicken, you do it very quickly and without thinking carefully about what you are doing (usually in continuous tenses) I've got so much work to do - I've been running around like a headless chicken all week. He was racing around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to do the work of two people.
See also: chicken, like
References in classic literature ?
Turning quickly he saw that the thing was what he had immediately guessed it to be--a headless and wingless Wieroo corpse.
As he lay resting on the skull-paved shelf, he saw in the center of the vault above the river another of those sinister round holes through which he momentarily expected to see a headless corpse shoot downward in its last plunge to a watery grave.
Locals say it's the handiwork of a headless horseman.
Mrs Margaret Morley, a campaigner for the Headless Cross area of Redditch, claimed she had become increasingly disenchanted with the borough council over the controversial issue.
Last October, the Sunday Times of London published a story on the creation of cloned headless tadpoles, sparking new concerns about what human cloning might bring.
NetBeacon ESP's headless server architecture creates an 'always on' management system to ensure that element information is constantly being monitored.
He said: "I saw how he played in the second leg in Paris - like a headless chicken.
DANIEL AGGER has admitted Swansea City made Liverpool's multi-million-pound stars look like headless chickens, writes Chris Wathan.
Washington, Oct 30 (ANI): Archaeologists have stumbled upon an ancient English cemetery in York, which is filled with headless skeletons, some of which belong to 'exotic' locations.
BOBBY WILLIAMSON reckons Kevin Thomson is right - the Hibs starlet DID used to run around like a headless chicken.
The iconic Guarded View, 1991, with its four headless, dark-skinned mannequins outfitted in various New York museum-guard uniforms faced five Nefertiti busts shaded from black to white, and the ensuing juxtaposition, here as elsewhere in the show, overwhelmed and confused the intended arguments.
DRUNKEN driver John Kemper hit a telephone pole support wire that decapitated his passenger, then drove 12 miles home and slept in his bloody clothes, leaving the headless body in his truck.
Or do you think it might be because the ghost of the headless dog still roams the woods?