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English definition of “be barking up the wrong tree”

be barking up the wrong tree

informal
to be wrong about the reason for something or the way to achieve something: She thinks it'll solve the problem, but I reckon she's barking up the wrong tree.Wrong
(Definition of be barking up the wrong tree from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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