Run Around Like a Headless Chicken: Origin and Meaning

To be extremely busy doing more than one thing at a time, but in a disorganised or uncontrolled manner, or in a state of panic.
Origin This idiom originates from the 14th century. In those days, chickens were killed by chopping their heads off. When a chicken’s head is chopped off, their motor neuron functions still work, so it is common for a chicken to run around, in a panicked fashion bumping against everything they come across for a couple of seconds before dying.Interesting fact: a chicken called Mike lived for 18 months after having his had chopped off. Amazing, isn’t? Read the full story here.
– Oh my gosh, I am so busy at work! I’m running around like a headless chicken!– Let’s make sure everything is ready for the wedding next week, so we don’t have to run around like headless chickens! – Last month I lost my passport in the airport lounge. You can imagine the state I was in! I had to run around like a headless chicken tracing my steps! I finally found it at the airport restaurant where I’d had breakfast! Phew!

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