bark up the wrong tree

jelentés / meaning: 

rossz helyen kopogtat
"rossz fára ugat fel"

  • to mistake one's object, or to pursue the wrong course to obtain it.
  •  to ask the wrong person; to make the wrong choice;
  • to make a mistake or a false assumption in something you are trying to achieve.

példák / examples:
  • If you think I'm the guilty person, you're barking up the wrong tree.
  • I know you think I stole your umbrella. But really, I don't have it. You are barking up the wrong tree."
  • She's barking up the wrong tree if she's interested in Gavin. Doesn't she know he's gay? 
  • If you're looking for a new job, Ted, you're barking up the wrong tree. We aren't hiring right now.