Definition of off the record in English:

off the record


  • Not made as an official or attributable statement.

    ‘all this is off the record’
    • ‘The conversation was off the record, and in any event my Hebrew was inadequate.’
    • ‘Certain portions of the interview were off the record, they say, but this wasn't one of them.’
    • ‘However speaking off the record, one player told us about his methods.’
    • ‘He confided in us off the record that Teddy Kennedy had declined to run against Nixon that year because he viewed Nixon as unbeatable.’
    • ‘I doubt very much that the good judge requested that his inadvertent disclosure be off the record.’
    • ‘Their first conversation would be off the record.’
    • ‘Well, let's be clear about whether or not this was truly on or off the record.’
    • ‘Chatty, charming and a highly entertaining gossip off the record, she picks her words carefully when the tape recorder is switched on.’
    • ‘Because he spoke to me off the record, I will not reveal either his university or the subject he teaches.’
    • ‘I had sources - not many, but a few - who risked their jobs to tell me things off the record and I never gave one of them up.’
    unofficial, confidential, in confidence, in strict confidence, not for publication, not for public consumption, not to be made public, not for circulation, not to be disclosed, not to be mentioned, private, secret, classified, under wraps, to be kept under wraps
    unofficially, privately, in confidence, in strict confidence, confidentially, between ourselves
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