in offing

offing

[aw-fing, of-ing]
noun
1.
the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore, beyond the anchoring ground.
2.
a position at a distance from shore.
Idioms
3.
in the offing,
a.
at a distance but within sight.
b.
in the projected future; likely to happen: A wedding is in the offing.

Origin:
1620–30; off + -ing1

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offing (ˈɒfɪŋ)
 
n
1.  the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore
2.  in the offing likely to occur soon

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offing
in phrase in the offing, 1779, from nautical term offing "the more distant part of the sea as seen from the shore" (1627), from off (q.v.) + noun suffix -ing. Originally the phrase meant "in the distant future," modern sense of "impending" developed 1914.
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