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Why do we say 'Barking up the Wrong Tree'?

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Meaning: Following a dead end path; Being totally wrong about something you believed to be true.


When using dogs in a foxhunt, the dogs would sometimes corner the fox in a tree and then proceed to bark up at the fox. Barking up the wrong tree, where there is no fox, is a pointless exercise.


‘I know you think I stole your umbrella. But really, I don't have it. You are barking up the wrong tree’


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