Like a chicken with its head cut off

Idiom

Like a chicken with its head cut off

Definition

Used to describe a chaotic or disorganized situation.

Examples

The meeting was like a chicken with its head cut off – everyone was talking over each other and no one could agree on anything

The new hire was like a chicken with its head cut off – he was so disorganized and had no idea what he was doing

Origin

United States in the early 20th century

Faqs

Does this phrase mean someone is panicking?

Yes, this phrase is used to describe someone who is in a state of panic or disorganization.

Is this phrase used only in the United States?

While this phrase is commonly used in the United States, it is also used in many other countries.