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    off-line

    Hi,
    Could anyone please suggest an appropriate synonym for the adjective " off-line" in the sentence below?

    Issues that require prolonged discussion need to be taken “off-line,” and resolved at a special meeting for that purpose or through some other
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    Re: off-line

    Tabled - This is the "minutes of the meeting" word
    Postponed/deferred - If you know that it will be a lenghyh discussion and it needs to be removed from the agenda
    Suspended - If you are in the meeting, you might say "Let's suspend this discussion for now and make it the main topic for a separate meeting."
    We also talk about issues that go in the "parking lot" - meaning you put it to the side and discuss it later.
    I've also heard "Let's put a pin in this" to mean this, but I don't know where this expression came from or whether it's widely used. I don't use it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: off-line

    In our business meetings we usually have a list of "parking lot" items. Things you need to consider, but not right now.

    Of course, the American and British meanings of "table" are completely opposite. We "table" something to stop talking about it. They "table" it to begin.

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    Re: off-line

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Of course, the American and British meanings of "table" are completely opposite. We "table" something to stop talking about it. They "table" it to begin.
    I didn't know that!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: off-line

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    the American and British meanings of "table" are completely opposite.
    Do you mean the definitions listed below?
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...ritish/table_3

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    Re: off-line

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Do you mean the definitions listed below?
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...ritish/table_3
    Yes.

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