Everyday English – Idioms with the word Dog II

Let’s look at idioms this week that talk about ‘DOGS’

Barking up the wrong tree

This expression is when someone has the wrong idea and they are wasting their time. Dogs often like to chase cats or other animals that will run up a tree. If the animal escapes the tree but the dog doesn’t realize it, he keeps barking even though the tree is empty. We say he is barking up the wrong tree. His idea is not correct, he is wasting his time.
“He had nothing to do with the robbery – the police are really barking up the wrong tree this time.”
“I think the police are wasting their time with him.”

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