off the record
Meaning: If you say something "off the record", you don't want it in the public record, or reported in the media.
- The minister has refused to speak to reporters since something he said off the record was reported in a newspaper.
- Most politicians realise that just saying something is "off the record" isn't enough to ensure it won't be reported.
If the president makes some comments off the record, he doesn't want the comments to