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Topic: ANIMALS

Language: Old English
Origin: beorcan

bark

1 verb
     
bark1
1 [intransitive]HBAC when a dog barks, it makes a short loud sound or series of sounds [↪ growl]
bark at
The dog always barks at strangers.
2 also bark out [transitive] to say something quickly in a loud voice
bark at
'Don't just stand there, give me a hand,' she barked at the shop assistant.
3

bark up the wrong tree

informal to have a wrong idea, or do something in a way that will not give you the information or result you want:
The police spent three months barking up the wrong tree on the murder investigation.
4 [transitive]MI to rub the skin off your knee, elbow etc by falling or knocking against something [= graze]:
I barked my shin against the step.
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