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439. Messenger

  1. Aethalides herald of the Argonauts. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 11]
  2. Alden, John (15991687) speaks to Priscilla Mullins for Miles Standish. [Am. Lit.: The Courtship of Miles Standish in Hart, 188189]
  3. caduceus Mercurys staff; symbol of messengers. [Rom. Myth.: Jobes, 266267]
  4. dove sent by Noah to see if the waters were abated; returns with an olive leaf. [O.T.: Genesis 8:811]
  5. eagle symbolic carrier of Gods word to all. [Christian Symbol-ism: Appleton, 35]
  6. Gabriel announces births of Jesus and John the Baptist. [N.T.: Luke 1:19, 26]
  7. Hermes (Rom. Mercury ) messenger of the gods. [Gk. Myth.: Wheeler Dictionary, 240]
  8. Iris messenger of the gods. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 130; Gk. Lit.: Iliad ]
  9. Irus real name was Arnaeus; messenger of Penelopes suitors. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey ]
  10. Munin and Hugin Odins two ravens; brought him news from around world. [Norse Myth.: Leach, 761]
  11. Nasby nickname for U.S. postmasters. [Am. Usage: Brewer Dictionary, 745746]
  12. Pheidippides ran 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to carry news of Greek defeat of Persians. [Gk. Legend: Zimmerman, 159]
  13. Pony Express speedy relay mail-carrying system of 1860s. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 276]
  14. Reuters news agency; established as telegraphic and pigeon post bureau (1851). [Br. Hist.: Benét, 852]
  15. Revere, Paul (17351818) warned colonials of British advance (1775). [Am. Hist.: 425426]
  16. staff symbolic of a courier on a mission. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 4]
  17. Stickles, Jeremy messenger for the king of England (1880s). [Br. Lit.: Lorna Doone, Magill I, 524526]
  18. Strogoff, Michael courier of the czar. [Fr. Lit.: Michael Strogoff ]
  19. thorn the messenger of Satan. [N.T.: II Corinthians 12:7]
  20. Western Union company founded in 1851; provides telegraphic service in U.S. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2958]

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mes·sen·ger / ˈmesənjər/ • n. 1. a person who carries a message or is employed to carry messages. ∎  Biochem. a substance that conveys information or a stimulus within the body.2. Naut. (also messenger line) an endless rope, cable, or chain used with a capstan to haul an anchor cable or to drive a powered winch. ∎  a light line used to haul or support a larger cable.• v. [tr.] send (a document or package) by messenger: could you have it messengered over to me?PHRASES: shoot (or kill) the messenger treat the bearer of bad news as if they were to blame for it.

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messenger shoot the messenger treat the bearer of bad news as if they were to blame for it; often in the form, don't shoot (or kill) the messenger! Being the bearer of bad tidings has been a traditionally thankless task, as in Sophocles' Antigone, ‘No man loves the messenger of ill.’

See also corbie messenger.

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