- the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore, beyond the anchoring ground.
- a position at a distance from shore.
- in the offing,
- at a distance but within sight.
- in the projected future; likely to happen: A wedding is in the offing.
Origin of offing
- the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore
- in the offing likely to occur soon
Word Origin and History for in the offing
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.
see in the offing.