send a message


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send a message

to do something that is likely to influence someone's attitudes or behavior send a signal The arrests of several well-known people in the area sends a message that no one is immune from the law, not even the famous. The fact that nothing is done to help the homeless sends a message that we don't care.
Usage notes: said about actions whether they are intentional or not
See also: message, send
References in classic literature ?
The sun was low when Dorothea was thinking that she would not go down again, but would send a message to her husband saying that she was not well and preferred remaining up-stairs.
Why should we not send a message out over London which would attract to us anyone who might still be alive?
A man so much in want of airing that he had a blue mould upon him, sat watching this dark place from a hole in a corner, like a spider; and he told her that he would send a message up to Miss Dorrit by the first lady or gentleman who went through.
The time has come," he said, "to send a message to America, especially the youth, that these actions, while attractive at first, may tarnish and harm you later.
I think that this is what they wanted, to send a message - to force the message - that they're not messing around anymore,'' said JetHawks pitcher Sam Smith, a former teammate of Santana's and Jacobo's.