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. © 2015 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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References in classic literature ?
Their hairy dogs barked at us, and their servants shouted from afar,
"Keep moving," Evgeny barked at us straggling behind him.
At times malnourished dogs, some of them probably rabies-infested, barked at us.
'What do you want to order' was barked at us by an unsmiling uniformed team member who gave the impression he wanted to get us out of his hair as quickly as possible.
The waiter who showed us to our table barked at us: "What drink you want?" without even showing us a drinks menu.
Kyle, who lives with mother Tracey and father Ian, said after the hearing: "I was just walking past the house and this dog jumped up and barked at us so I growled back.
First, a woman barked at us, "Have you booked?" When we said we'd never been asked to book before she said, "Right well you'll have to wait between two and two-and-a-half hours."
And back on his own turf Puffy looked more like his old fearsome self when he barked at us: "No smoking in my suite," despite the fact his mates were puffing away on joints.