like a chicken with its head cut off

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of like a chicken with its head cut off

: excited and confused
  • He was running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

Word by Word Definitions

chicken play
  1. : the common domestic fowl (Gallus gallus) especially when young

  2. : any of various birds or their young

  3. : a young woman

  1. : scared

  2. : timid, cowardly

  3. : insistent on petty details of duty or discipline

  1. : to lose one's nerve

cut play
  1. : to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument

  2. : to hurt the feelings of

  3. : to strike sharply with a cutting effect

  1. : a product of cutting: such as

  2. : an opening made with an edged instrument

  3. : a wound made by something sharp : gash

  1. : marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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