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offing

[aw-fing, of-ing] /ˈɔ fɪŋ, ˈɒf ɪŋ/
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,
  1. at a distance but within sight.
  2. in the projected future; likely to happen:
    A wedding is in the offing.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; off + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for in the offing

offing

/ˈɒfɪŋ/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for in the offing

offing

n.

in phrase in the offing, 1779, from nautical term offing "the more distant part of the sea as seen from the shore" (1620s), from off (q.v.) + noun suffix -ing (1). Originally the phrase meant "in the distant future;" modern sense of "impending" developed 1914.

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Idioms and Phrases with in the offing

in the offing

In the near or immediate future; soon to come. For example, Jan was delighted that exams were finished and graduation was in the offing . This expression originally meant “in the part of the ocean visible between shore and horizon”; its figurative use dates from the late 1700s. Also see in the wind

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