don't kill the messenger


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don't kill the messenger

Don't get angry at or punish someone who is simply delivering bad or undesirable news as they are not responsible for it. A: "What do you mean I'm being sued by my ex-wife? I'll knock your lights out!" B: "Hey man, I'm just doing my job. Don't kill the messenger!"
See also: kill, messenger
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Don't kill the messenger. The head of Lebanon's restaurant owners association said Tuesday that LBCI television was guilty of besmirching the reputation of his sector, amid widespread reports that the country suffers from less-than-adequate food safety standards.
It's always a surprise when an episode of The Bill is in any way entertaining and I have to confess that when I saw the title - Don't Kill The Messenger - I imagined the story would revolve around a motorcycle courier who had lost a package for Sun Hill.