ENGLISH TIPS – Bark up the wrong tree
“When we talk about settling the world’ problems, we’re barking up the wrong tree. The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives.”
Joseph John Campbell (1904-1987). American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion.
To be wrong about the reason for something or the way to achieve something.
“The gangster told the cops they were barking up the wrong tree in thinking he was responsible for the robbery.”
“If you think you’re going to get him to agree just by asking, you’re barking up the wrong tree.”