Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Be pursuing a mistaken or misguided line of thought or course of action:‘his wife thinks he's under suspicion, but I'm sure she's barking up the wrong tree’
- ‘If they don't look at that seriously, we were barking up the wrong tree.’
- ‘But if you're - to tell you the truth, David, if you're thinking I care about this particular story, you're barking up the wrong tree.’
- ‘Let's be clear here - no-one is predicting that violence will cease due to this capture so harping on about that is an exercise in barking up the wrong tree.’
- ‘See how the how The Age's Stephen Bartholomeusz responds when he believes Herald Sun hack Terry McCrann is barking up the wrong tree.’
- ‘Those claiming that the Tramore AFC youth squad's frenetic programme of matches in such a short period, so close to vital examinations, is due to their cup run are barking up the wrong tree.’
- ‘This is interesting and if it's true then we are all barking up the wrong tree with this discussion of ‘values.’’
- ‘We're barking up the wrong tree if we think that ‘taxing the rich’ will solve all our problems.’
- ‘I could be barking up the wrong tree here, but it's also very likely that my desire to conform is more unhealthy that trying to fit into a concept of uniform societal behaviour.’
- ‘We also tried formulating a cunning plan to discourage a girl who's after him and needs to know she's barking up the wrong tree (so to speak).’
- ‘And assuming that there had been a positive correlation between such crimes and women dressing, you would still be barking up the wrong tree.’
- ‘Perhaps social critics are simply barking up the wrong tree.’
- ‘‘Countries, including Jamaica, are barking up the wrong tree if they expect continuation of preferential treatment in a time of increased competition among states,’ said the Jamaica Gleaner.’
- ‘We feel we are tantalizing close to a complete unified theory, but we might be miles away or barking up the wrong tree.’
- ‘‘It seems a shame that people who live in the town feel the same way but on the other hand it proves I was not barking up the wrong tree,’ he said.’
- ‘Correct me if I'm barking up the wrong liberal guilt tree, but I am supposed to believe it's no one's fault if folks are fat - sorry, obese?’
- ‘‘This would allow people to ring up newspapers and tell them they were barking up the wrong tree, should apologise and should not publish the information,’ said the Mr Kaufman.’
- ‘The controversy that is now starting up about the tactics the Russian authorities used in freeing the Moscow hostages is just the media barking up the wrong tree as usual.’
- ‘The ‘homophobia’ is pretty much present in the source material: anybody looking to Burroughs for an uplifting coming-out story is barking up the wrong tree.’
- ‘However, pardon my pun, but I think he's barking up the wrong tree when he says that ‘marriage is the sapling and family the fully grown tree.’’
- ‘In my opinion, Congress is barking up the wrong tree here.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.