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C1 idiom

BARK AT THE WRONG TREE

Meaning

To make a mistake in your thinking or assumptions about something or someone.

Example

If you think I’m the one who took your phone, you’re barking up the wrong tree. I was out of town when it went missing.

Origin

This idiom is thought to have originated from the practice of hunting with dogs. When hunting, dogs would chase prey up into trees, and if the prey managed to escape to another tree, the dog would “bark up” the wrong tree. The phrase was later used in a figurative sense to describe situations where someone was pursuing the wrong person or idea. The first recorded use of the phrase in English was in a book called “Chronicles of England” by Raphael Holinshed in 1577, where he wrote: “They barkt all, but mistooke the matter.”

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