like a headless chicken

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
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There would a right royal dust-up with a farming pretender to the throne behaving like a headless chicken.
He's absconding but still in the UAE and I am the one running around like a headless chicken finding a solution.
With the River Boys still making waves in the Bay, cop Charlie's running around like a headless chicken.
THOM Evans is ready to do anything to get his hands on the ball in Scotland's RBS Six Nations game in Wales today - even if it means running around like a headless chicken.
Don't be surprised to see me running around like a headless chicken tomorrow because if that is what it takes to get myself involved, then that is what I will do.
I am desperate for someone to talk in a reasoned fashion about climate change, rather than running around like a headless chicken saying we are all going to hell in a handcart" - TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh.
BOBBY WILLIAMSON reckons Kevin Thomson is right - the Hibs starlet DID used to run around like a headless chicken.
Sometimes I run around like a headless chicken,'' he said.
He says: "I thought I'd be like Tom Cruise in the film Cocktail, but I was more like a headless chicken.
Last time in the Premier I was 18 - a rookie running around like a headless chicken, now it's different.
He said: "I saw how he played in the second leg in Paris - like a headless chicken.
A source told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "Robert had one crew member running around like a headless chicken trying to find a straw after he demanded one for his drink.
A rock of order, organisation and discipline in a sea of vacillation and near hysteria with Ieuan Wyn Jones running about like a headless chicken and Mike German slumped in his chair bereft of any idea at all.
I am just going to take each hole as it comes and try not to go round like a headless chicken.
A source tells us: "Robert had one crew member running around like a headless chicken trying to find a straw after he demanded one for his drink.