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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!"
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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!"
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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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This lack of autonomy calls into question whether messengers are truly 'independent' in their work relationships (Short 2004).
Allah The Almighty sent the Prophets and Messengers so that people will have no argument against Him on the Day of Judgment in terms of saying that they did not receive His message.
"I think it has to do with the traffic getting worse in these places, and their economies are growing in a way that the infrastructure of the city is hard to keep up with, which bike messengers can really exploit," he said.
The Afghan Messenger could not only compete with other messengers, but could work better, he asserted.
As a result, the messenger has become invisible, faded into obsolescence behind the technology that has facilitated our access to one another.
Cite for them, as a case in point, the people of a township to which messengers came.
Via the Bright Star messenger center, all deliveries and incoming parcels which enter and exit the buildings are signed for by the messenger center staff and brought directly to the tenant by a Bright Star Couriers employee, thereby avoiding property access to street messengers.
Antony and Cleopatra is the Shakespeare play in which messengers of various kinds are most vital to theatrical and dramatic communication.
Of those familiar with the mail service, 32% consider it to be slow and almost the same percentage prefer to use private messengers to hand-deliver documents, a common practice in Latin American cities.
The company won't guarantee delivery but will vouch that "the messengers have memorized their telegrams before passing on....
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