Asked in Idioms, Cliches, and Slang
What does running around like a chicken with its head cut off mean?
September 03, 2011 3:28AM
This refers to the fact that a decapitated chicken may continue to run and flap its wings for some time, although to no purpose. A person whose response to an emergency is inefficient, disconnected or panicky activity is said to run around like a chicken with its head cut off.
It can also mean (metaphorically) equally unproductive or illogical activity.