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just for the record

Let's get things straight; also, let me make myself clear. For example, Just for the record, we never endorsed this idea, or Just for the record, I didn't vote for him. This usage employs record in the sense of “public knowledge.” [Mid-1900s] Also see go on record; set (the record) straight.

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