by the way
Prepositional phrase
  1. (conjunctive, speech act, idiomatic) Incidentally; a parenthetical statement not timely, central, or crucial to the topic at hand; foregone, passed by, something that has already happened.
    Synonyms: apropos, BTW, by the by, incidentally
    • 1853, Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener, in Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories, New York: Penguin Books, 1968; reprint 1995 as Bartleby, ISBN 0 14 60.0012 9, p.2:
      […] I had counted on a life-lease of the profits, whereas I only received those of a few short years. But this is by the way.
    His mother will be coming for dinner tomorrow, and, by the way, she volunteered to bring dessert.
Translations Adverb

by the way (not comparable)

  1. (UK, idiomatic) Irrelevantly, off-topic.

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