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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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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.
And, Rasch asks, if a messenger comes into contact with this community, is the threat so great as to tempt us, in order to save the community, to kill the messenger? 'If so, what kind of killing would this be?
Then he proceeded to kill the messenger: "Someday I'm going to murder the bugler.
Your letter writers are attempting to kill the messenger. Please send me a stack of these posters so I can post them all over town!
When was the last time we heard something--in a sermon or a reading, in a prayer or a hymn--that so outraged us that we wanted to kill the messenger? Why is it that so many Christians today are never disturbed or upset at worship (except, of course, when the acolyte does acrobatics, the soloist strikes a sour note, the liturgy runs long, or the kids are cranky and crying)?
Kill the messenger (historically cited as a poor choice), or adopt desperate measures.
Rather than kill the messenger, senior management needs to heed the message that some companies are Petri dishes that breed people who can kiss backsides better than they can perform their duties.
Thus another case of trying to kill the messenger had backfired.
If recipients didn't like it, they'd kill the messenger. We, in the media, are descendants of those messengers and now many viewers and readers want to kill us.
I'm already a veteran of this national pastime called "kill the messenger." I get to play practically every week; after awhile you get used to it and come to understand that it means you are doing something right.
The best response from black communities is not to kill the messenger but to mount a vigorous attack in the robust glare of publicity on the message.