Idiom – Barking Up The Wrong Tree
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Barking Up The Wrong Tree – Idiom of the Day
To be looking for answers in the wrong place.
The expression originated in 19th century America when people used dogs to hunt raccoons. When the raccoon climbed up a tree, the dog waited below until its master arrived. However, there was always the chance of the dog identifying the wrong tree.
- Hey officer, I’m telling you, you’re barking up the wrong tree. I didn’t kill that guy.
- Man I didn’t tell anyone about you having an affair, you’re barking up the wrong tree!
- Guys have we been barking up the wrong tree on how to cut our emissions?
- Dude, don’t do this, you’ll be barking up the wrong tree.
- We’re barking up the wrong tree as long as we prioritize defence spending over investing in education.
- You’re barking up the wrong tree if you enter public service to make money.
- You’re barking up the wrong tree if you expect me to lend you money.
- The prosecutor is barking up the wrong tree with his fixation on the glove found at the crime scene.
- I think we’re barking up the wrong tree when we blame the high divorce rate on increased incomes.