not for publication; not to be quoted: a candidate's off-the-record remarks to reporters.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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How to use off-the-record in a sentence
A little speculation would be fine, if it were happening off-the-record between journalists and law-enforcement officials.The Black Panther Bomb Plot in St. Louis That Wasn’t | Justin Glawe | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
FDR would go so far as to suggest story frames and offer off-the-record tips from the highest source in the land.
I had an off-the-record dinner with a Ukrainian senior level official.
“off-the-record conversations happen all the time in the offline world,” the company notes.Confide Is the Best Way to Keep Your Dastardly Deeds Hidden—For Now | Daniel Gross | January 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Once upon a time, a speaker might have expected that an off-the-record, closed-door speech in a private home would be "private."
You mentioned in your off-the-record discussion that you had thought to yourself isn't it possible that Marina is a great actress.Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
A few minutes ago I asked you about your judgment of Marina Oswald's character and we had an off-the-record discussion.Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
I had that off-the-record gag worked on me when I was about Larv's age, fifty years ago.Time Crime | H. Beam Piper
Is there anything that occurred during our off-the-record discussions that is pertinent, which I have failed to bring out.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Is there anything that occurred during those off-the-record sessions which you regard as pertinent which I have not brought out?Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for off the record
not intended for publication or disclosure; confidential
with such an intention; unofficially
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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Unofficially, in confidence, not for publication, as in What he was about to say, he told the reporters, was strictly off the record.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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