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Off the Record

The phrase 'Off the Record' is used when you’d like the listener to keep your comments confidential.

Example of Use: “This is off the record, but I think Jim cheated on the entrance exam.”

Interesting fact about Off the Record

'Off the record' is a term that came into use during the 1930s, with reference to persons who did not wish to be quoted by journalists. Before this, the phrase probably alluded to the act of striking irrelevant information from court records.