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“by the way” in British English

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by the way

A2 used to introduce a new subject to be considered or to give further information:

I think we've discussed everything we need to - by the way, what time is it?
Oh, by the way, my name's Julie.

(Definition of “by the way” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“by the way” in American English

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by the way

used for introducing a statement or subject that may not be directly related to the subject being discussed:

By the way, I heard that Phyllis may be moving to Dallas.

(Definition of “by the way” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)