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off message

Deviating from a planned set of remarks or positions: The aides worried that the candidate would make a gaffe if he went off message.
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Further straying off message, Hatch even went out of his way to praise the courts, telling the crowd, "The vast majority of federal judges do do what is right.
At that point, Fleischer went off message with a weird statement.
15am Malaysian time), when the ground earth station sent the next log on/log off message.
However one of the country's most powerful men, Secretary of State John Kerry, sees it quite differently, choosing to go off message and claim the Russian defector wasn't the only man responsible.
CHRIS HOOD has warned his Gateshead Thunder players not to let tomorrow's Northern Rail 9s push them off message.
In 1999 he published The Welsh Illusion, followed by Wales Off Message in 2000, A Year in Wales in 2001 and When Arthur Met Maggie in 2006.
Speaking to a scrutiny committee yesterday, Coun Summerfield veered alarmingly off message, ignoring an implausibly optimistic written report in his name, to announce that high street spending is slumping at unprecedented levels.
Off Message is the 'dark' filly in the race after scoring impressively on her all-weather introduction.
wandered off message, citing the Book of Genesis and asserting, "God created Adam and Eve, He didn't create Adam and Steve.
YOUR correspondent Andrew Lapping is, I believe, a self-confessed Tory and has once again gone off message by appearing to blame the bankers for the deficit (Views of the North, May 7), but then tries and fails to get back on track by blaming Labour for using the private finance initiative (PFI).
Philadelphia Online In political language, someone who is on message is following the approved party line, while someone off message is not.
A welsh Labour MP has gone off message by describing his party's unsuccessful Blaenau Gwent by-election candidate Owen Smith as a 'drug pusher'.
It is difficult to believe that this three-year-old Danzig colt made his debut in a moderate maiden on the all-weather back in February - and was beaten into second by Off Message.
Off Message looked a useful filly in the making when she trumped the heavily backed Soapy Danger in the nine-furlong maiden, always holding the upper hand despite having just a neck to spare under Eddie Ahern at the line.