off the record. 1. (Of a statement, comment, or testimony) not recorded as official evidence of a proceeding, such as a trial or deposition. 2. (Of a statement) not intended for quotation or attribution. • In either sense, whenever the phrase appears before the noun it modifies, it should be hyphenated <off-the-record comments>. Cf. ON THE RECORD.

[Blacks Law 8th]