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offing

[ aw-fing, of-ing ]
/ ˈɔ fɪŋ, ˈɒf ɪŋ /
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noun
the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore, beyond the anchoring ground.
a position at a distance from shore.
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Idioms about offing

    in the offing,
    1. at a distance but within sight.
    2. in the projected future; likely to happen: A wedding is in the offing.

Origin of offing

First recorded in 1620–30; off + -ing1
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How to use offing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for offing

offing
/ (ˈɒfɪŋ) /

noun
the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore
in the offing likely to occur soon
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Other Idioms and Phrases with offing

offing

see in the offing.

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