like a chicken with its head cut off, (run about)

like a chicken with its head cut off, (run about)

Behave distractedly and crazily. This graphic simile apparently is based on barnyard experience: the body of a decapitated chicken sometimes continues to totter about crazily for a time following the dirty deed.
See also: chicken, cut, head, like
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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