off message

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a. A usually short communication transmitted by words, signals, or other means from one person, station, or group to another: I found the message you left at my desk. She sent me a quick message by email.
b. The substance of such a communication; the point or points conveyed: gestured to a waiter, who got the message and brought the bill.
2. A statement made or read before a gathering: a retiring coach's farewell message.
3. A basic thesis or lesson; a moral: a play with a message. mes·saged, mes·sag·ing, mes·sag·es
1. To send a message to.
2. To send as a message: messaged the report by cable.
To send a message; communicate.
off message
Deviating from a planned set of remarks or positions: The aides worried that the candidate would make a gaffe if he went off message.
on message
Following a planned set of remarks or positions.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin missāticum, from Latin missus, past participle of mittere, to send.]

off message

(off-message when prenominal) not adhering to or reflecting the official line of a political party, government, or other organization
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But I, and many a nostalgia-buff, always refer to the 'good old days', - yep, that's us now, 30 and 40-somethings - when DJ Brandon Block went a bit off message on the mic, Jarvis Cocker waving his skinny little bum at Michael Jackson, Martika puffing on a Silk Cut back in 1992, when anything could happen and which resulted in ITV making sure that 30-second delay was airtight.
The man who cocked up a Scottish Cup draw - twice - then led the longest Turn to Page 66 mcrae From Back Page recruitment process in football history, went off message again as he introduced the new Scottish boss at Hampden.
After one speech, an agitated activist came rushing up to him, claiming: "Prime Minister, you were off message.
He said: "I need to speak to my captain Nicolette and the players to work out why they went off message against the Wildcats.
Free stickers, which will be longstanding reminders about the switch off message, will also soon be rolled out in newspapers and to electrical contractors and hardware stores.
Solskjaer admitted a season blighted by controversy has taken its toll on his players, but let slip he had been upset by what he hinted was some stars going off message at such a critical time.
However, he was less gratified with the fact Stour became sloppy and allowed the Boars to dictate the third quarter as Stour went off message.
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Being in the dark is a big adventure for the Beavers and they all say they'll take the Switch It Off message home with them.
We know he's just an Ordinary Joe - oh, really - but his MPs are clearly off message charging taxpayers for maintaining their vast country piles.
Speaking to a scrutiny committee yesterday, Coun Summerfield veered alarmingly off message, ignoring an implausibly optimistic written report in his name, to announce that high street spending is slumping at unprecedented levels.
The McCain on display in the 24-minute interview was prickly, at times abrasive, and determined not to stray off message.