bearer of bad news

bearer of bad news

Literally, someone who delivers bad news. The bearer often identifies as such as an introductory warning that they have bad news to deliver. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I'm afraid your grandfather passed away late last night. We were celebrating our teacher's absence until Susie, the bearer of bad news, told us that the principal was coming to give us our exam.
See also: bad, bearer, news, of
References in classic literature ?
Clare has told you already," he began, "that I am the bearer of bad news.
Don't want to be the bearer of bad news, but the Bluebirds record in the league at Bolton is horrendous.
I really hate to be the bearer of bad news but there's really no such thing.
Queen" Ahlam was the bearer of bad news this week when she announced that Arab Idol won't be returning to our TV screens until 2016.
Eight years pass and the brother returns to avenge his father's killers, disguised as the bearer of bad news and the ashes of his own (alleged) dead body.
Indeed, the star's wife Alice Evans took to Twitter to tell his followers: "Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but ABC decided tonight not to renew Forever for a 2nd season - it's brutal, but that's showbusiness.
One thing they don't teach you when you're pregnant is that fear hits you like a ton of bricks and, I don't want to be the bearer of bad news, but it doesn't really leave you - you just learn to manage it
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but not all is well in the world of the whitetail.
If you are planning to travel at this time and have not made arrangements for your tickets and accommodation, I don't like to be a bearer of bad news, but you may find it difficult to do so now.
But Smith says Powell's job also meant he often had to be the bearer of bad news.
It's a familiar story, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but when the writing's on the wall, it's best to read it.
According to the report, posting bad news on a social media site eases the pain for the bearer of bad news and the recipient, because knowing what to say to someone who has just told you bad news can be one of the most socially fraught scenarios.