[[t]ɒ̱fɪŋ, AM ɔ͟ːf-[/t]]
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If you say that something is in the offing, you mean that it is likely to happen soon.

A general amnesty for political prisoners may be in the offing.


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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • offing — (n.) in phrase in the offing, 1779, from nautical term offing the more distant part of the sea as seen from the shore (1620s), from OFF (Cf. off) (q.v.) + noun suffix ING (Cf. ing) (1). Originally the phrase meant in the distant future, modern… …   Etymology dictionary

  • offing — ► NOUN ▪ the more distant part of the sea in view. ● in the offing Cf. ↑in the offing …   English terms dictionary

  • offing — [ôf′iŋ] n. [< OFF1] 1. the distant part of the sea visible from the shore 2. a position at a distance from the shore in the offing 1. at some distance but in sight 2. at some indefinite time in the future …   English World dictionary

  • offing — off|ing [ˈɔfıŋ US ˈo: , ˈa: ] n [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: offing part of the deep sea that you can see from the shore (17 20 centuries), from off] be in the offing to be likely to happen soon ▪ Big changes were in the offing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • offing — /aw fing, of ing/, n. 1. the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore, beyond the anchoring ground. 2. a position at a distance from shore. 3. in the offing, a. at a distance but within sight. b. in the projected future; likely to happen …   Universalium

  • offing — noun /ˈɒfɪŋ,ˈɑfɪŋ,ˈɔfɪŋ/ a) The area of the sea in which a ship can be seen in the distance from land, excluding the parts nearest the shore, and beyond the anchoring ground. I came to an Anchor in seven fathomes water in the offing to Sea. b)… …   Wiktionary

  • offing — n. in the offing ( forthcoming ) * * * [ ɒfɪŋ] in the offing ( forthcoming ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • offing — off|ing [ ɔfıŋ ] noun in the offing likely to happen very soon: We have several projects in the offing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • offing — noun be in the offing to be about to happen or to be possible: Everything s topsy turvy at the moment with this big trip in the offing …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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