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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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They say you shouldn't shoot the messenger - but no one said you couldn't take a chunk out of his leg.
Whatever the US, British, and Swedish governments say, the arrest and jailing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange looks like what he himself described as an effort "to shoot the messenger because it doesn't want the truth revealed".
I believe such a statement without justification will only further exacerbate residents' feelings of mistrust towards the council and heighten their perception that, instead of accepting the message, Anglesey County Council would rather shoot the messenger and cover up.
While I would not for a moment wish to curtail free speech, it seems that the "usual suspects", who do not like the message, are trying to shoot the messenger.
OUR message to senior midwives who hit back today at a union report that criticised the conditions and care at Wales' biggest maternity unit is - don't shoot the messenger.
Annaud's reaction last week was to shoot the messenger, blaming Gallic crix for the thorough pan they gave his first French-language film in more than a decade.
That's right, shoot the messenger and carry on carping.
Don't shoot the messenger, but I wouldn't reach for the remote if you're searching for some sporting solace this Christmas.
5 Shoot the Messenger (Ngozi Onwurah) The collaboration of three black, British talents--director Onwurah, writer Sharon Foster, and actor David Oyelowo--pays off in a fearless, flamboyantly theatrical social satire about black identity and self-hatred.
A furore has erupted around the head of Sharon Foster, the young black woman who wrote Shoot the Messenger, a play for BBC2 which displayed the black community, warts and all.