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English definition of “run round like a headless chicken”

run round like a headless chicken

to be very busy doing a lot of things, but in a way that is not very effective Busy and activeHurrying and doing things quicklyUseless and futile
(Definition of run round like a headless chicken from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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