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    Angry an idiom

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    You are politically a conservative, neither left wing (socialist) nor right wing (fascist).

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    What about the following:

    1) 'run around like a chicken without a head', and

    2) 'run around with one's head between one's legs' ?

    If possible, please kindly provide some examples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnneTrinh View Post
    What about the following:

    1) 'run around like a chicken without a head' "Run around like a headless chicken" , and

    2) 'run around with one's head between one's legs' "Bury your head in the sand" ?

    If possible, please kindly provide some examples.

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    Anne Trinh
    Interesting that the first is nearly identical!

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    This is for the first one:
    Freshly decapitated chickens will flop around a lot. They will even run around with their heads cut off for a few seconds, flapping their wings wildly.
    The adrenalin in the muscle tissue gives the bird convulsions, making it look like it is still alive. Chickens flap and flop around for about thirty seconds before they are totally dead.
    That flopping/flapping movement can carry the headless chicken along a few metres. The chicken isn't really running, but it looks like it is.
    'Running around like a chicken with its head cut off' has become an expression we use about someone who is frenzied. We also call this going ape, having kittens, flipping your lid or blowing your stack. All of these expressions mean you are in a flap or in a dither, or excited, frantic and harried.

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    Originally Posted by AnneTrinh
    What about the following:
    1) 'run around like a chicken without a head' "Run around like a headless chicken" , and
    2) 'run around with one's head between one's legs' "Bury your head in the sand" ?
    If possible, please kindly provide some examples.
    Thank you.
    Anne Trinh
    I don't understand.Are you looking for an English equivalent of 'run around with one's head between one's legs'?
    'Bury your head in the sand' means to refuse to think about an unpleasant situation, hoping that it will improve so that you will not have to deal with it. Parents said bullying was being ignored, and accused the headmaster of burying his head in the sand.

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    Question Re: an idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    I don't understand. Are you looking for an English equivalent of 'run around with one's head between one's legs'?
    Not necessarily an equivalent. Any simple explanation of its meaning would be highly appeciated. I suppose it means 'run around and do foolish things', though I'm not quite sure of my guess.

    Thank you very much for your explanation of the other expression ('running around like a chicken without a head'), which is very clear, very comprehensible to me.

    Anne

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