"dog barking on the wrong tree..."
• United States
29 Jan 07
I never gave it much thought. I would guess it means that when someone jumps to compain about something, and blame someone or something else, it means that they are way off, and the expression that a dog s barking on the wrong tree evolved from that. What is your opinion?
15 Feb 07
I'm not sure of it's origin but It's mostly used as "parking up the wrong tree" and it means accusing or going after the wrong person (or following the wrong lead, etc) and it may come from a chase dog when sent after someone and the escaped person has no where to hide but to climb a tree to be safe from the dog, as the people following the dog arrive they will find the dog "parking up the tree" where the escaped man is hiding.. so parking up the wrong tree would be a very wrong accusation without a prove like a dog that can't follow the smell.