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MESSENGER. A person appointed to perform certain duties, generally of a ministerial character.
     2. In England, a messenger appointed under the bankrupt laws, is an officer who is authorized to execute the lawful commands of commissioners of bankrupts.

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Winstead will write and produce animations that will be featured in Shoot The Messenger performances and webcasts beginning now and continuing through the November elections.
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DON'T shoot the messenger folks, but it seems U2 fans are as irritating as their buffoon of a lead singer Bono.
Do we shoot the messenger or fire the Vice President?
Rather, it is a classic case of don't shoot the messenger.
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By all means argue if you think you've had a raw deal but don't shoot the messenger.
IT might sound like a big ask going forward but, if you want to annoy colleagues, then cliches are the way to hit the ground running - but don't shoot the messenger.