off message


: saying things that do not agree with the official position of a political group or party
A few Cabinet members seem off message on government policy.

Examples of off message in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vicente is known as an elegant leader with a brain for operations who never steps off message, but her abilities as a fundraiser raised questions, the sources say. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 1 Apr. 2024 Driven not by ideals so much as by pain and anger, Norma McCorvey was prone to outbursts, and frequently off message. Marin Cogan, The New Republic, 11 Oct. 2021 Step off message and the vice president-elect could get frozen out. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2020 Ed Espinoza, executive director of the liberal group Progress Texas, said O’Rourke would get off message. Dallas News, 23 Sep. 2022 In the days following the 48-14 loss to Syracuse, Jim Mora got off message, sounded too much like his predecessors. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 17 Sep. 2022 Don't let people get him off message. NBC News, 16 Jan. 2022 During his second of five rallies Monday, the president appeared upbeat and energized before a crowd of thousands in his Democratic opponent's hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, but veered off message to sow doubts about the upcoming election results. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, 2 Nov. 2020 This happens nearly every day when someone goes off message or does anything to undermine the dictates by the COP. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 5 Mar. 2012

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“Off message.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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