run around like a chicken with its head cut off

Definition

The idiom ‘run around like a chicken with its head cut off’ is used to describe someone who is running or flitting around in a frantic, chaotic, or confused manner.

Examples

After the fire alarm went off, everyone was running around like a chicken with its head cut off

The students were running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to finish the project on time.

Origin

The origin of the phrase is unknown, but it may have begun as a reference to the behavior of a decapitated chicken.

Faqs

q1

What does ‘run around like a chicken with its head cut off’ mean?

a1

It is used to describe someone who is running or flitting around in a frantic, chaotic, or confused manner.

q2

What is the origin of the phrase?

a2

The origin of the phrase is unknown, but it may have begun as a reference to the behavior of a decapitated chicken.