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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

don't shoot 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 shoot the messenger!"
See also: messenger, shoot

shoot the messenger

If someone shoots the messenger, they blame a person who has told them bad news or information instead of blaming the person who is responsible for the situation. In blaming the polling organisation for his party's failure, Sir Malcolm is shooting the messenger.
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shoot (or kill) the messenger

treat the bearer of bad news as if they were to blame for it.
Being the bearer of bad tidings has been a traditionally thankless task, as indicated in Sophocles' Antigone, ‘No man loves the messenger of ill’ and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, ‘The nature of bad news infects the teller’.
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shoot the ˈmessenger

blame the person who gives the news that something bad has happened, instead of the person who is really responsible: ‘You look awesome! But...’‘But what?’‘Well, don’t shoot the messenger here but those pants make you look a little... large.’
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Alternatively, the messenger may receive authority from individual providers to accept contract offers that meet certain criteria as long as the messenger does not negotiate on the provider's behalf.
When the revoluta messenger RNA sequence was changed so that microRNAs couldn't bind to it, the cells in the plant's stem developed abnormally.
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Our messenger centers are staffed by trained individuals responsible for the receipt and delivery of packages thus adding another layer of security for the building's occupants.
MECA (May Everyone Connect Always) is an innovative developer of presence-based communications for consumers, and empowers brands to create an impressive experience for consumers through unique private-label instant messenger applications.
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Tumbleweed, the Arrows logo, MailGate, MailGate Email Firewall, MailGate Secure Messenger, SecureTransport and Validation Authority are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Tumbleweed Communications Corp.
The agreement will bring together TeliaSonera's over eleven million mobile subscribers with customers of MSN Hotmail - one of the world's largest web-based e-mail service with approximately 230 million active e-mail accounts - and MSN Messenger, the world's most used free instant messaging service with approximately 205 million customers worldwide.
Messenger Seed Treatment contains the same Harp-N-Tek protein found in original Messenger Plant Health Regulator used by garden hobbyists and professionals for many years as a foliar application at transplant or after plant emergence.
Smart EDIS Alerts is a prototype for the next generation of messaging services," said Jon Lei, CEO of Roaming Messenger.
After a trial deployment over a year ago, Caltrol requested Starnet to enhance its current 3Com NBX implementation by providing an upgrade to its voicemail system by integrating Roaming Messenger capabilities.
today announced an alliance in North America to deliver a digital cordless phone that serves as a traditional landline phone and takes calling to the next level by also enabling customers to make and receive Internet calls via the upcoming Windows Live(TM) Messenger phone.
Roaming Messenger (OTCBB:RMSG), the provider of a breakthrough mobile messaging platform, today demonstrated its interoperability features from the show floor at the International Association of Emergency Management (IAEM) Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2004, Turkcell quickly realised that Messenger (also known as Instant Messenger or IM) would be a mass-market service with high growth potential.
Roaming Messenger (OTCBB:RMSG), the provider of a breakthrough mobile messaging platform, today reports that the company has been featured in a publication of nationally recognized homeland security strategist and theorist, W.