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running about like a headless chicken
running about like a headless chicken = rushing about like a headless chicken
acting in a panic-stricken manner and not thinking clearly about what should be done
A decapitated chicken may continue to flap about for a few moments before finally expiring.
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a chicken-and-egg problem
an unresolved question as to which of two things caused the other
This expression comes from the traditional riddle : which came first…the chicken or the egg?
chickens come home to roost
your past mistakes or wrongdoings will eventually be the cause of present troubles
This phrase comes from the proverb curses, like chickens, come home to roost.
1997 - Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things – He knew, had known, that one day History's twisted chickens would come home to roost.
count your chickens
treat something that has not yet happened as a certainty – informal
This phrase refers to the proverb don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
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