blame/shoot the messenger

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of blame/shoot the messenger

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

Word by Word Definitions

blame play
  1. : to find fault with : censure

  2. : to hold responsible

  3. : to place responsibility for

  1. : an expression of disapproval or reproach : censure

  2. : a state of being blameworthy : culpability

  3. : fault, sin

messenger play
  1. : one who bears a message or does an errand: such as

  2. : forerunner, herald

  3. : a dispatch bearer in government or military service


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