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offing

Syllabification: off·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈôfiNG
 
, ˈäfiNG
 
/

Definition of offing in English:

noun

The more distant part of the sea in view.
Example sentences
  • We came past the island two days later and gave it an offing of over a mile compared to our usual half mile, with nothing to be seen, felt or smelt.

Origin

early 17th century: perhaps from off + -ing1.

Phrases

in the offing

1
Likely to happen or appear soon: there are several initiatives in the offing
More example sentences
  • Now, with Berry's inquiry in the offing, it is likely to resonate with a much wider audience.
  • We could not approach industry for substantive new funding with the minister's initiative in the offing.
  • Now there appears to be a savage credit crunch in the offing, and nobody seems to even notice.
Synonyms
on the way, coming (soon), (close) at hand, near, imminent, in prospect, on the horizon, in the wings, just around the corner, in the air, in the wind, brewing, upcoming, forthcoming;
bound to happen, likely to happen
informal in the cards, coming down the pike

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