bark at

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bark at

1. Literally, of a dog, to make a barking noise at 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.
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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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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.
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References in classic literature ?
They moved forward a little faster to see what the dog was barking at, and found perched upon a point of rock by the roadside a curious creature.
They jumped aside in a great fright, then all of them turned to follow the snake, saying that this was what the dog was barking at.
As I write this I can hear my Kelpie, Kai, in the backyard barking at something.
You can also use counter-conditioning and desensitization to modify barking at things he really doesn't need to be alarmed about.
They communicate by barking to go out, barking to come in, barking at people, cars and other animals, and barking simply to shout "I'm here
He would run from window to window, barking at every single squirrel that scurried by.
STOURBRIDGE returned to winning ways with a six-try defeat of struggling Barking at Stourton Park.
I AM writing to express my disgust that a dog could be put down for barking at a postman.
IF a dog barking at a postman is a crime, then all dogs would be put down.
When we try telling her no, she starts barking at us.
The last dog I saw whose problem was barking at the neighbor dogs had been fitted with a bark-activated shock collar.
When dogs-on-leash are barking at an outside stimulus, such as another dog or a passing car, my favorite approach to modification is counter-conditioning.
But believe it or not, some people do not care for barking at all and teach the dog not to bark.
For example, if the dog won't stop barking at a strange guest and you shut her in another room, when the dog is let out she will be even more stressed, because she couldn't evaluate the situation.
The more the whippets run out their back door barking at Jane and her family, the more this behavior becomes an automatic response that becomes more difficult to change.