bark at

bark at (someone or something)

1. Literally, of a dog, to make a barking noise at someone or something. The dog is barking at something outside—can you please calm him down?
2. To yell at or speak severely to another person. The science teacher barked at us for not doing our homework.
3. To say or shout something to someone in a harsh, brusque or angry tone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "bark" and "at." He started barking orders at us as if he were our boss or something.
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bark at someone or something

Lit. [for a dog] to make a characteristic sharp sound at someone or something. (See also bark at someone.) The dog is barking at the traffic again. Their guard dog was barking at me.
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bark at someone

Fig. to speak harshly to someone. Don't bark at me like that over such a trivial mistake! Ken barked at the children for being noisy.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
When he went inside, the dogs did not bark at him, but wagged their tails quite amicably around him, ate what he set before them, and did not hurt one hair of his head.
If he is scared he may bark at strangers, dogs or in certain situations.
Your dogs are unusual in that they do not bark at scary things; instead they bark when anticipating something good--food or a run in the dog park.
The consistently higher bark loss at one site was likely owing to thinner bark at this site.
But Blake said the collars teach dogs not to bark at all and warned that they can make anxiety and fear worse.
Adsorption of Murexide onto Pomegranate Bark at different pH
The nuisance barking has stopped altogether and when he does occasionally bark at something unusual I can stop it straight away.
The trunk diameter including the bark at the level of the contour is obtained with a diameter tape, and bark thickness is measured on several ridges that touch the tape.
"Some owners Iwant their dog to bark anytime anyone approaches the house for security reasons, while other owners would prefer that their dogs not bark at all.
Another early investigation of Martin (1963) showed measurements of the specific heat storage capacity of ovendry bark at a temperature of 25[degrees]C.
Comeau talked to both parties and found that the dogs did not bark at her when they were in the house.
The pins were inserted into new bark at each reading; the old pin holes were avoided.