But it was laced with tantalizing statements about portentous decisions and policies in the offing.
Bathory dispatches poor old Seward; pretty soon, a mysterious stranger is offing the rest of the cast from the original Dracula.
Nothing here suggests a mammoth novel like Carlos Fuentes' "Terra Nostra" in the offing.
A GOP romp is still in the offing, but a number of individual races are defying expectations.
Her acolytes figure that if she is saying real change appears in the offing, then perhaps it is.
She reached the offing of a neighbouring haven, and there grounded on the sand.
Do you see a small light out there, well away 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.
And all the time the British-man-of-war admired and applauded 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.