Idiom of the Week: “Barking up the wrong tree”

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It is the start of another week; which means only one thing…it is time of the idiom of the week. I absolutely love this idiom; I always have the mental image of a dog barking up a fake tree with a confused look upon his face. I, myself, have done this many a time – I know me; the perfect woman (only joking!). It is strange to hear people using this idiom as an everyday thing.

bark up the wrong tree

Meaning:
to make the wrong choice; to ask the wrong person; to follow the wrong course. (Alludes to a dog in pursuit of an animal, where the animal is in one tree and the dog is barking at another tree.)
Examples:
If you think I’m the guilty person, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
The hitters blamed the team’s bad record on the pitchers, but they were barking up the wrong tree.