Headless chicken



noun

a panic-stricken person who is behaving illogically
Examples

At holiday time, she runs around like a headless chicken.
Word Origin

alluding to a chicken’s behavior after its head is cut off

noun

A panic-stricken person who is behaving illogically: running around like a headless chicken at holiday time

[1993+; alluding to a chicken’s behavior after its head is cut off]

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