- at a distance but within sight.
- in the projected future; likely to happen: A wedding is in the offing.
British Dictionary definitions for in the offing
Idioms and Phrases with in the offing (1 of 2)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with in the offing (2 of 2)
see in the offing.