In a frenzied manner, distractedly, crazily. For example, She ran around the station looking for her lost bag like a chicken with its head cut off. This graphic simile alludes to the fact that the body of a chicken whose head has been cut off sometimes totters about crazily before succumbing.
- Like a dream
modifier Easily, smoothly: drove like a dream (1949+)
- Like a drowned rat
Also, wet as a drowned rat. Soaking wet and utterly bedraggled, as in When she came in out of the rain she looked like a drowned rat. This simile appeared in Latin nearly 2,000 years ago, and in English about the year 1500.
- Like a fish out of water
see: fish out of water
- Like a hog on ice
adverbial phrase independent, ungovernable; free but helpless Examples Don’t skitter around like a hog on ice. Word Origin possibly fr. the stone in the game of curling coming to rest