Barking up the wrong tree

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Meaning

  • Waste one's efforts by going on the wrong path
  • Putting in ineffective attempts by doing the wrong thing
  • To make a wrong choice.
  • Accidentally going on the opposite path in something you are trying to achieve.

Example Sentences

  • Don't bark up the wrong tree, I was not the one who started this problem.
  • You will be barking up the wrong tree if you continue to focus on this issue. Focus on solving it instead.
  • He misled all of us, making us believe he was innocent, so we were all barking up the wrong tree.
  • They were ashamed of themselves when realizing they were barking up the wrong tree this whole time.

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