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run around like a headless chicken

Working quickly and with much activity while trying to accomplish a large number of tasks, perhaps simultaneously. Give yourself enough time before deadline so that you don't have to be running around like a headless chicken at the last minute.
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run around like a ˌheadless ˈchicken

be very busy and active trying to do something, but not very organized, with the result that you do not succeed: What a day! I’ve been running around like a headless chicken all day!
After a chicken’s head is cut off its body may continue to move for a few moments.
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The term 'running around like a headless chicken' has its origins in what many farmers know - chooks can indeed continue to run about after their heads are chopped off.
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.
THOM EVANS is ready to do anything to get his hands on the ball in Scotland's RBS Six Nations game in Wales tomorrow - even if it means running around 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.
I've been running around like a headless chicken trying to find him a stripy t-shirt and a string of garlic to wear around his neck!"
"Moses was so desperate for a goal on his debut that he was running around like a headless chicken out there"
Ask the children to get book bags, PE kit and the rest ready - then you'll know if something is missing or needs washing, and you won't be running around like a headless chicken at 8.30am."
IT'S BEEN another of those weeks when so much happens and I end up running around like a headless chicken.
A Birmingham solicitor yesterday told a jury he was so overworked and 'running around like a headless chicken' that he forgot to pay pounds 11,000 in stamp duty on behalf of clients.
I am sure running around like a headless chicken is not part of Toshack's playing style, and what right did Bobby Gould have sticking his nose in?
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