barking up the wrong tree

barking up the wrong tree
barking up the wrong tree informal phrase
doing something that will not get the result you want

If you think she’s going to help you, you’re barking up the wrong tree.

Thesaurus: wrong about somethingsynonym
Main entry: bark

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barking up the wrong tree
informal : trying to do something in a way that will not be successful

If you are looking for money, you're barking up the wrong tree. [=you are asking the wrong person]

She claims that researchers are barking up the wrong tree by focusing on conventional forms of treatment for the disease.

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Main Entry:bark
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barking up the wrong tree — see bark, 1
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Main Entry:tree
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barking up the wrong tree — see bark, 1
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Main Entry:wrong

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • (be) barking up the wrong tree — be barking up the wrong ˈtree idiom (informal) to have the wrong idea about how to get or achieve sth • You re barking up the wrong tree if you re expecting us to lend you any money. Main entry: ↑barkidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • be barking up the wrong tree — informal to be wrong about the reason for something or the way to achieve something. New evidence suggests that we have been barking up the wrong tree in our search for a cure …   New idioms dictionary

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