Talk the Bark Off a Tree

A rarely heard idiom from the late 1800’s or earlier. Meaning of ‘Talk the Bark off a Tree’ Idiom The idiom “to talk the bark off a tree” is similar to several related idioms, such as talk someone’s ear off and talk the hind legs off a donkey. It means to talk continuously and to exhaust the listener. … Read more

Old Chestnut

Meaning of Idiom ‘Old Chestnut’ An old chestnut is an old joke, story, saying, pun, etc. that has been repeated so many times it is no longer funny or interesting; a cliche. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. … Read more

Bark Up the Wrong Tree

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bark Up the Wrong Tree’ To bark up the wrong tree means to waste your time or energy by doing something in the wrong way or by taking the wrong path; to do something based on an incorrect line of thought or course of action. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin … Read more