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- a briefing, as by a government official, specif. of newspersons who agree not to name that official in their reports
- a printed handout containing background information
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
An informal news briefing for reporters by an official often speaking off the record.