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Bark up the wrong tree pursue a misguided course of action; originally US (mid 19th century), referring to a dog which has mistaken the tree in which a quarry has taken refuge.

one's bark is worse than one's bite one is not as ferocious as one appears or sounds; expression recorded from the mid 17th century. (Compare a barking dog never bites.)

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