kill the messenger

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kill the messenger

  1. (idiomatic) To blame a problem on whoever reported it; to hold somebody accountable a problem because he/she brought attention to it.
    I know you won't like this news, but please don't kill the messenger.
    • 1893 December 12, Rev. B. Minard, “Sunday in the Churches”, Lewiston Evening Journal, Maine:
      To disbelieve the message and seek to kill the messenger will not destroy the message