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What does the idiom 'barking up the wrong tree' mean?



 
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What does the idiom 'barking up the wrong tree' mean? #1 (permalink) Tue Apr 01, 2008 15:59 pm   What does the idiom 'barking up the wrong tree' mean?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #279 "English Slang Idioms (1)", question 4

"That is nowhere near the answer. You're ......... up the wrong tree."

(a) cutting
(b) barking
(c) digging
(d) painting

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #279 "English Slang Idioms (1)", answer 4

"That is nowhere near the answer. You're barking up the wrong tree."

Correct answer: (b) barking

Your answer was: incorrect
"That is nowhere near the answer. You're cutting up the wrong tree."
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I can't understand this idiom barking up the wrong tree. Can someone help me?
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What does the idiom 'barking up the wrong tree' mean? #2 (permalink) Tue Apr 01, 2008 17:15 pm   What does the idiom 'barking up the wrong tree' mean?
 

Hi,

If you tell someone that they are barking up the wrong tree, it means they have misunderstood the situation or they are following the wrong clue or suggestion.

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