Idiom of the Week – Week 42

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“to bark up the wrong tree”: to be wrong about the reason for something or the way to get something done; auf dem Holzweg sein

Example 1:  I’m afraid we’re barking up the wrong tree if our aim is to reach Millennials.

Example 2:  He meant well with his comments during the meeting, but he’s barking up the wrong tree. The lack of motivation among our employees isn’t due to their compensation. We already pay employees well above market rate.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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