blame/shoot the messenger

blame/shoot the messenger
blame/shoot the messenger
: to become angry at someone who has told you bad news
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  • shoot the messenger — shoot/blame/kill/the messenger phrase to blame the person who brings bad news, even though it is not their fault Don’t shoot the messenger – I’m just telling you what I heard! Thesaurus: to criticize, accuse or blamesynonym words used to describe …   Useful english dictionary

  • shoot the messenger — humorous to blame or punish the person who tells you about something bad that has happened instead of the person who is responsible for it. And now for tomorrow s weather it s going to be cold, wet and stormy, but don t shoot the messenger! …   New idioms dictionary

  • shoot the messenger — verb To blame a problem on whoever reported it; to hold somebody accountable a problem because he/she brought attention to it. I know you wont like this news, but please dont shoot the messenger …   Wiktionary

  • blame the messenger — shoot/blame/kill/the messenger phrase to blame the person who brings bad news, even though it is not their fault Don’t shoot the messenger – I’m just telling you what I heard! Thesaurus: to criticize, accuse or blamesynonym words used to describe …   Useful english dictionary

  • kill the messenger — shoot/blame/kill/the messenger phrase to blame the person who brings bad news, even though it is not their fault Don’t shoot the messenger – I’m just telling you what I heard! Thesaurus: to criticize, accuse or blamesynonym words used to describe …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shooting the messenger — is a metaphoric phrase used to describe the act of lashing out at the (blameless) bearer of bad news. Moses and the Messengers from Canaan (painting by Giovanni Lanfranco) In earlier times, messages were usually delivered in person by a human… …   Wikipedia

  • shoot — 1 /Su:t/ verb past tense and past participle shot /St/ GUNS/WEAPONS 1 KILL/INJURE (T) to deliberately kill or injure someone using a gun: Lincoln was shot while watching a play in Ford s Theater. | shoot sb in the leg/head etc: He had been shot… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • shoot — shoot1 W2S2 [ʃu:t] v past tense and past participle shot [ʃɔt US ʃa:t] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(kill/injure)¦ 2¦(fire a gun etc)¦ 3¦(birds/animals)¦ 4¦(move quickly)¦ 5¦(try to score)¦ 6¦(look at somebody)¦ 7¦(photograph/film)¦ 8¦(pain)¦ 9 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • messenger — mes|sen|ger1 [ˈmesındʒə, sən US ər] n [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: messager messenger (12 16 centuries), from Old French messagier, from message; MESSAGE] 1.) someone whose job is to deliver messages or documents, or someone who takes a message to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • messenger — noun (C) 1 someone who takes messages to people 2 blame/shoot the messenger to be angry with someone for telling you about something bad that has happened …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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