off the record

  

Definition

Statement that is said in aside and is not meant to be a part of the recorded account of a proceeding such as an interview or a court case. See also on the record.

Use off the record in a sentence

  • Officially we have no news but speaking off the record I can tell you a deal to buy that company is very close to happening, we are just finished up the final parts of the contract.

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  • The lawyers from both sides approached the bench and spoke to the judge off the record regarding whether or not the evidence can be admissible in court.

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  • The reporter then asked the questions by first stating, off the record, which allowed the businessman to relax in their conversation.

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