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blame/shoot the messenger

Definition of blame/shoot the messenger

  1. :  to become angry at someone who has given one bad news



Word by Word Definitions

blameplay
  1. :  to find fault with :  censure

    :  to hold responsible

    :  to place responsibility for

  1. :  an expression of disapproval or reproach :  censure

    :  a state of being blameworthy :  culpability

    :  fault, sin

shootplay
  1. :  to eject or impel or cause to be ejected or impelled by a sudden release of tension (as of a bowstring or slingshot or by a flick of a finger)

    :  to drive forth or cause to be driven forth by an explosion (as of a powder charge in a firearm or of ignited fuel in a rocket)

    :  to drive forth or cause to be driven forth by a sudden release of gas or air

  1. :  a sending out of new growth or the growth sent out: as

    :  a stem or branch with its leaves and appendages especially when not yet mature

    :  offshoot

  1. : used to express annoyance or surprise

messengerplay
  1. :  one who bears a message or does an errand: as

    :  forerunner, herald

    :  a dispatch bearer in government or military service


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