when in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.
O.B. et al, WHEN IN DANGER, WHEN IN DOUBT, RUN IN CIRCLES, SCREAM AND SHOUT and its variations appear to have begun as a U.S. military (Navy and Army) expression. Herman Wouk (see 1951 quote below) called it an ‘ancient adage,’ while most others called it an ‘old saying/motto/maxim/adage.’ But from the evidence below, I would say that the expression is not all that old and that it probably came into existence during WW II.
It is a sarcastic expression that says if you are in danger or trouble or have doubts as what to do, and don’t have a clue how to properly handle a bad situation or crisis, just start making a show of a lot of activity and noise to appear proactive – using bluster as a cover for indecision and incompetence – and maybe folks won’t notice that you really don’t know what you are doing.
from word wizard