Off the record

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Definition

off the record: in private, just between us, unofficially
idiom
I'd like to make a statement off the record. Please don't write this down.

to be on (the) record: to have officially said; to be documented
idiom
He's on the record as saying he loves ABBA more than Ace of Base. He said it on live television.

Examples

  • "Wang attributes his success to his astrological sign, and is on the record as saying that those born the year of the Cock (1957) are mentally superior to those born in other years, particularly the year of the Goat (Bruno, you are a Goat."
  • "Totally off the record?"
  • "It would be strictly off the record."

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