[ awf-thuh-rek-erd, of- ]
/ ˈɔf ðəˈrɛk ərd, ˈɒf- /
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not for publication; not to be quoted: a candidate's off-the-record remarks to reporters.
confidential:off-the-record information.



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Origin of off-the-record

First recorded in 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for off-the-record

off the record

adjective (off-the-record when prenominal)

not intended for publication or disclosure; confidential


with such an intention; unofficially
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Idioms and Phrases with off-the-record

off the record

Unofficially, in confidence, not for publication, as in What he was about to say, he told the reporters, was strictly off the record. Probably alluding to striking evidence from a court record (because it is irrelevant or improper), this term came into wide use in the mid-1900s, especially with reference to persons who did not wish to be quoted by journalists. For antonyms, see go on record; just for the record.

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