What does it mean to take a conversation “off line”?

This is another very commonly used phrase in Corporate America. When in a meeting, people will often use this phrase because it means that they want to have a separate discussion or meeting about some topic that has nothing to do with the current meeting.

Let’s say that people are in a meeting to talk about the production of oranges. But then, Bob starts talking about apples – which has nothing to do with oranges. So, Tom tells Bob “let’s take this discussion offline”, because Bob started talking about something that had nothing to do with oranges.




Here’s an example of it’s usage:

”Take the Discussion Offline” In a Sentence



Tom:  “Bob, let’s take this discussion offline since it really 
is a separate topic and has nothing to do with the meeting 
we are in right now.”



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