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by the by
Incidentally; on a side note; by the way. An interjection meant to casually introduce or emphasize additional information in the conversation. Sometimes, though less commonly, written as "by the bye." By the by, I remembered where I left my keys, in case you were wondering. Beckett was an amazing playwright. There's a lecture on his work tomorrow, by the by.
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by the bye
Also, by the by. Incidentally, in passing, as in By the bye, my wife is coming too, or Exactly where do you live, by the by? The bye or second by in this term originally meant "a side path," whence the current sense of "off the track" or "of secondary importance." [Early 1500s] Also see by the way.
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by the by (or bye)incidentally; parenthetically.
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By the way; incidentally.
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by the by/bye
By the way, incidentally, as in “By the by, I saw your brother there as well.” The second by or bye in this archaic-sounding cliché originally denoted a side path, whence the current sense of “in passing.”
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