kill the messenger

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kill the messenger (third-person singular simple present kills the messenger, present participle killing the messenger, simple past and past participle killed the messenger)

  1. Alternative form of shoot the messenger
    • 1893 December 12, Rev. B. Minard, “Sunday in the Churches”, in Lewiston Evening Journal, Maine:
      To disbelieve the message and seek to kill the messenger will not destroy the message.