What does the idiom barking up the wrong tree mean?

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asked Sep 3, 2019 in Words & Wordplay by sailklodias (320 points)
What does the idiom barking up the wrong tree mean?

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answered Sep 10, 2019 by Christeen (41,890 points)
When someone is barking up the wrong tree it means that the person is wrong about something and no matter how much you try to persuade someone about what you're trying to say it's not gonna change anything because you're wrong about something.

Basically barking up the wrong tree means that you are making a wrong assumption about someone or something.

Or you could be barking up the wrong tree when you accuse someone of something when you have no proof about it or when they didn't actually do what you're accusing them of.

So in that case if you accused someone of stealing or taking something or doing something and it turned out you're wrong then you'd be barking up the wrong tree.

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