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Today’s English word of the day is the idiom: BE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE. Keep reading to learn the meaning of ‘be barking up the wrong tree’, hear the pronunciation, and read two example dialogues. (With each word of the day, I only focus on one definition. To see every meaning of the word, check out its entry in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries or in the Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary.)

 

be barking up the wrong tree

 

be barking up the wrong tree: (informal) to have the wrong idea about how to get or achieve something

 

 

 

😩: Mom told me no about going camping with Nick and Dylan! She said they’re a bad influence!

 

😉: You were barking up the wrong tree asking your mother. Next time, ask me, and I’ll handle your mom.

 

 

Want more practice using the idiom ‘be barking up the wrong tree’? Here are some BBC.com articles featuring today’s word of the day!

 

 

 

Definition source: Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries.

Come back tomorrow for another advanced English word of the day! My schedule is:

MONDAY: noun
TUESDAY: verb
WEDNESDAY: adjective
THURSDAY: slang, idiom, or phrasal verb
FRIDAY: academic, literary, or otherwise “big” vocabulary

 

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