Bathory dispatches poor old Seward; pretty soon, a mysterious stranger is offing the rest of the cast from the original Dracula.
A GOP romp is still in the offing, but a number of individual races are defying expectations.
Both are good story angles and should not be totally dismissed, but there are more fundamental changes in the offing.
But it was laced with tantalizing statements about portentous decisions and policies in the offing.
A lateral move in the offing provides opportunity to trailblaze new frontiers under existing career auspice.
She reached the offing of a neighbouring haven, and there grounded on the sand.
We set there and thought and thought, and by and by I commenced to sight an idee in the offing.
At the same moment the look-out from the mast-head gave notice that a sail was in sight in the offing.
Why should everything come back to that one brig in the offing?
If we are in the offing now, and are to be in the offing when we reach Montauk, there must be two such places.
by c.1200 as an emphatic form of Old English of (see of), employed in the adverbial use of that word. The prepositional meaning "away from" and the adjectival sense of "farther" were not firmly fixed in this variant until 17c., but once they were they left the original of with the transferred and weakened senses of the word. Meaning "not working" is from 1861. Off the cuff (1938) is from the notion of speaking from notes written in haste on one's shirt cuffs. Off the rack (adj.) is from 1963; off the record is from 1933; off the wall "crazy" is 1968, probably from the notion of a lunatic "bouncing off the walls" or else in reference to carom shots in squash, handball, etc.
"to kill," 1930, from off (adv.). Earlier verbal senses were "to defer" (1640s), "to move off" (1882). Related: Offed.