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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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Man's best friend seemingly barks at everything--from the television, to the neighbors, to ladybugs on the windowsill--so what does it mean?
When Scooter no longer barks at food delivery time, I can try reintroducing Lucy to the mix.
Barks at a disturbance, such as the ominous stranger at the door, tended to have more rapid repetitions, a harsher sound, lower frequency, and less modulation than barks from isolated and playing dogs.
Alert/alarm barking--This is the dog who saves his family from a fire, tells us that Timmy's in the well, scares off the rapist, barks at the dogs on Animal Planet--and goes bonkers every time someone walks past on the sidewalk outside the picture window.