barking up the wrong tree

(Informal)
Explanation: What is an idiom?

Looking for something in the wrong place or doing the wrong thing

Context:

-Mandy told me she's now interested in journalism. She keeps changing her mind!

-Yes, I know! She really can't stick to one idea. I personally think she should have stayed in that lab and kept on nurturing her scientific side.

-Ever since she left the lab she's been barking up the wrong tree. Journalism for one, really isn't her thing.


-Try telling her that!

Notes:

a metaphorical meaning - when a dog barks up a tree where it thinks an animal is taking refuge in order to run away from it.

Category: b, informal, animals,plants,nature




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