off the record

off the record
adverb
not for quotation
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he spoke to the reporter off the record

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1 his comments were off the record: UNOFFICIAL, confidential, in (strict) confidence, not to be made public.
2 they admitted, off the record, that they had made a mistake: UNOFFICIALLY, privately, in (strict) confidence, confidentially, between ourselves.
record

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adverb (or adjective)
: not for quotation (as by the press) or publication as something official or authoritative

spoke off the record

my remarks are off the record

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off the record
Not to be made public (offˈ-the-record adjective)
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Main Entry:record

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off the record phrase
used for saying that a remark is not official or not intended to be made public

Off the record, many Conservatives admit they cannot win the election.

Thesaurus: words used to describe comments and remarkshyponym
Main entry: record

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not made as an official or attributable statement

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off the record
— used to describe a statement that is not official and should not be repeated or made public by being used in a newspaper, magazine, etc.

Government officials did speak to reporters, but only off the record. [=the reporters were not allowed to publish the things the officials said]

Her remarks were strictly off the record.

Off the record, I don't think he has any real chance of winning.

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Main Entry:record

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ˌoff the ˈrecord idiom
if you tell sb sth off the record, it is not yet official and you do not want them to repeat it publicly

Strictly off the record, some members of staff will have to be made redundant.

Main entry:recordidiom

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