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like a chicken with its head cut off

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.

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Related Words for like a chicken with its head cut off

perturbed, distressed, concerned, confused, crazy, anxious, frantic, mad, agitated, troubled, hysterical, addled, bothered, crazed, distracted, distrait, muddled, nuts, overwrought, raving