run about like a chicken with its head cut off

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run about like a chicken with its head cut off

To work quickly or frantically and with much activity while trying to accomplish a large number of tasks, perhaps simultaneously. Give yourself enough time before deadlines so that you don't have to be running about like a chicken with its head cut off at the last minute. We've had so many new projects lately that everyone in the office has been running about like a chicken with its heads cut off!
See also: chicken, cut, head, like, off, run
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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
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