barking up the wrong tree


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barking up the wrong tree

Taking a wrong direction in an activity; from the idea of a hunting dog being mistaken over which tree a hunted animal has climbed.
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Most Catholic parishes would likely tell dog owners they are barking up the wrong tree in reguesting a prayer service for their departed pet.
So far the American has garnered less than PS400 of pledges and hasn't officially changed his project page yet, suggesting he already knows that he's barking up the wrong tree.
Banking Commission chairman Andrew Tyrie MP said: "From 2004 up until the latter part of 2007, the FSA was not so much the dog that didn't bark as the dog barking up the wrong tree.
THERE are sure to be some shocks in the FA Cup first round but ESPN might be barking up the wrong tree by fixing the cameras on today's clash between Blue Square Bet Premier strugglers Newport and League Two highflyers Shrewsbury.
No doubt all of this is intended to keep the grown-ups occupied but I think the makers are barking up the wrong tree.