Barking up the wrong tree
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- 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.
- 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.