running around like a chicken with its head cut off

Running around like a chicken with its head cut off is a common cliched phrase which means to be running around in a quick, frenzied manner. When chickens get their head chopped off, they dont die immediately like any other animal or human. They run around for a while in a very frenzied manner not sure what to do with themselves. Figuratively speaking, running around like a chicken with its head cut off means you are doing a variety of things in a very frantic manner.