bark at

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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.
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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.
See also: bark

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.
See also: bark
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Put on that safety harness first," he barked at one young man who had started to climb one of the ladders.
At one point he barked at one of the girls: "Your burger looked like a constipated tortoise."
a Bureau of Corrections guard barked at one inmate who was roaming around by himself-and who was either clueless or couldn't care less about what was happening.
The Save the Pets pooches - most from Lane County Animal Regulation Authority - lounged on pads, soaked up the sun, munched on T-Bonz treats and occasionally barked at one another.
"She barked at one of the stylists, 'Why have you got that on?' The bemused stylist thought it was something she was wearing that had caused offence.
She barked at one snapper: "Go away and just leave me alone," before she was whisked to her hotel for the three-night stay.