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Incidentally; a parenthetical statement not timely, central, or crucial to the topic at hand; foregone, passed by, something that has already happened.

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by the wayHis mother will be coming for dinner tomorrow, and, by the way, she volunteered to bring dessert.
by the way[...] 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.
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