off-the-record love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not for publication or attribution: off-the-record comments by the senator.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. unofficial
  • adj. secret
  • adv. unofficially
  • adv. secretly, in secret


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  • Among those who attended the off-the-record dinner: Iran scholar Haleh Esfandiari; Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid (who had flown in from Lahore); Obama friend and foreign-policy advisor Samantha Power of Harvard University (who accompanied PEOTUS to the meeting); incoming White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel; and a few others.

    Matthew Yglesias » On The Sly

  • As president, it will presumably be more difficult to schedule an off-the-record dinner with informal advisors.

    Matthew Yglesias » On The Sly

  • Among those who attended the off-the-record dinner:

    Matthew Yglesias » On The Sly

  • "I would definitely draw parallels at the moment between the wave of political unrest which is sweeping through the Middle East in a very exciting and rather extraordinary fashion and also the WikiLeaks phenomenon," Dearlove said in an off-the-record address to the Cambridge Union last month.

    Hugh Muir's diary

  • His remarks were reportedly made off-the-record during a meeting in Washington in December with a group of students.

    US Apologizes to Japan for Diplomat's Okinawa Remarks

  • I'd hardly like my work to be judged based on the off-the-record, lunch-time commentary of a Post business executive uninvolved in its production.

    NPR executive caught on camera -- doing what, exactly?

  • Somewhere, Obama campaign boss Bill Burton is already giving off-the-record briefings to Politico, saying that Total Write-Ins is "a kook" with ties to Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich.7.49pm: Staples ads are currently running on Fox News during its primary coverage – so that's another Super Pac for Romney I suppose.

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  • Even in those cases, Mr. Kuby said, he has "maintained friendly, off-the-record communication with the prosecutors, no matter what names we were calling each other."

    Silence Outside Court

  • His biases and shortcomings are the result of childhood allegiances, not off-the-record dinners with Larry Bird.

    The Enthusiast

  • For any journalist who'd spent a night haunting the lobbies of hotels where Beltway power players including, often, the president holed up for off-the-record yuks, trying to buttonhole guests for details, to see the gathering unfold on video is like learning that the Illuminati has a regular happy hour at T.G.I.

    Lamar Alexander sings! YouTube posting grants rare glimpse of elite, off-the-record Alfalfa Club dinner (video)


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