in the offing
Offing Off"ing ([o^]f"[i^]ng; 115), n. [From {Off}.] That part of the sea at a good distance from the shore, or where there is deep water and no need of a pilot; also, distance from the shore; as, the ship had ten miles offing; we saw a ship in the offing. [1913 Webster]

{in the offing} (a) coming; arriving in the foreseeable future. (b) visible but not nearby. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • in the offing — I knew that a significant change in my life was in the offing Syn: 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,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • in the offing — ready to happen, soon to be    A great event was in the offing: the discovery of penicillin …   English idioms

  • in the offing — likely to happen very soon We have several projects in the offing …   English dictionary

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