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What does running around like a chicken with its head cut off mean?

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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.