Like a chicken with its head cut off
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British pronunciation/lˈaɪk ɐ tʃˈɪkɪn wɪð ɪts hˈɛd kˈʌt ˈɒf/
American pronunciation/lˈaɪk ɐ tʃˈɪkɪn wɪð ɪts hˈɛd kˈʌt ˈɔf/
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used to describe someone who is extremely confused and excited

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like a chicken with its head cut off definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "like a chicken with its head cut off" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "like a chicken with its head cut off" can be traced back to the practice of slaughtering chickens for meat. After decapitation, a chicken's body can exhibit spasmodic movements due to nerve impulses and residual brain activity. This observation led to the development of such idiomatic expression. This expression can be used in various contexts, such as describing someone rushing around in a state of confusion, a team or organization dealing with a sudden crisis or unexpected event, or a person reacting impulsively without a clear plan.

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As the deadline approached, the team was working frantically, each member moving like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to complete their assigned tasks.
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