bark at (someone or something)

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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.
See also: bark
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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bark something out at someone

 and bark something at someone; bark something to someone; bark something out (to someone)
Fig. to say something harshly to someone. The sergeant barked the orders out at the recruits. He barked an order at his staff. The teacher barked a reprimand out to the class. He barked out the order clearly and loudly.
See also: bark, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In another sickening act, cans purposely cut in half have been found buried in the bark at one of the parks.
They can bark at one another in the office or in the field, but when an emergency hits, they "circle the wagons'' and get the job done.
In the D Minor concerto, the piano and orchestra bark at one another, an ongoing stalemate of great forces producing a blood-curdling hemiola as both descend into the tonic (but for only one brief moment).
Forwards coach Steve Diamond had his eight practising taking the ball at restarts and was moved to bark at one point: ``Remember lads, this lot [Ponty] never caught one restart against Llanelli!''
For higher grades of cinnamon, the collector marks the bark at one meter lengths and then cuts a circle around the base of the tree and at the top of the meter mark.