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mes·sen·ger

(mes'en-jer),
1. That which carries a message.
2. Having message-carrying properties.

messenger

/mes·sen·ger/ (mes´en-jer) an information carrier.
second messenger  any of several classes of intracellular signals acting at or situated within the plasma membrane and translating electrical or chemical messages from the environment into cellular responses.

messenger

1. Pertaining to ribonucleic acid (RNA) that carries the coded information for protein synthesis from the DNA to the site of protein synthesis, the RIBOSOMES.
2. A HORMONE or other effector capable of acting at a distance from its site of production. A second messenger is a hormone, produced within a cell and operating on internal structures, when another hormone acts on the outer cell membrane.
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Maloney believes the contest is worthy of a capacity crowd and if he berates the public for their indifference, he doesn't see why anyone should want to shoot the messenger simply because they don't like the message.
The tactic seems to be create division, shoot the messenger and ignore the message.
Intelligence failures, dodgy dossiers and a bitter campaign to shoot the messenger - in the guise of the Hutton report -caused the government major damage.
THE government last night defended consumers champion Eddie Hobbs and warned: "Don't shoot the messenger.
I know many Simpsons fans will be shocked to the core to read this, but don't shoot the messenger.
In classic shoot the messenger style they moaned about the media - especially the Record.
Mind you, I'm sure John will soon be rolling on the floor with his old media pals - it is extremely fashionable to shoot the messenger rather than the boss.
But last night George Lyon said: "David McLetchie doesn't like the strong Lib Dem message of opposition to tuition fees - so he tries to shoot the messenger.
Some Palace officials are listening to the message, while others would prefer to shoot the messenger - The Mirror.
There is the feeling that if the message doesn't change soon, it may be time to shoot the messenger.