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 chickens with their 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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