off·ing | \ˈȯ-fiŋ, ˈä-\

Definition of offing 

1 : the part of the deep sea seen from the shore

2 : the near or foreseeable future in the offing

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Synonyms & Antonyms for offing


by-and-by, future, futurity, hereafter, tomorrow



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Examples of offing in a Sentence

major changes are in the offing for the company

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So, if World War III is not in the offing and the old Cold War is dead, what is Putin’s foreign-policy strategy? Trudy Rubin,, "Report from Moscow: Cold War, World War III unlikely, but Russian experts disagree on Putin's foreign-policy plan | Trudy Rubin," 20 Apr. 2018 For six years, in a series of majority opinions written by Justice Samuel Alito, the court had signaled that such a decision was in the offing. James Taranto, WSJ, "The Lawyers Who Beat the Unions," 29 June 2018 Within an hour, the 10 hopefuls pass through verbal and visual elimination rounds until Mr. or Miss Right is left, and a proposal is in the offing. Diane Bell,, "Meet two 60-minute romance seekers from ABC's 'The Proposal'," 25 June 2018 There's a major makeover in the offing regardless of what transpires this summer. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers plot major splash in free agency to vault them forward for 2018-19 season," 23 June 2018 Very quickly his job became doing whatever chore was in the offing—a sui generis job he's held for years. Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 June 2018 And with a new election likely in the offing, a Five Star–League government may only have been postponed by a few months. Angelos Chryssogelos, Time, "The Populism Debate Ignores the Real Lessons of Italy's Political Crisis," 31 May 2018 Another office building is in the offing, along with at least one restaurant. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "More movie theaters. Cushy reclining seats. Eagle Road will go further upscale.," 30 May 2018 While Washington will loom in the offing, the summit between Kim and Moon is intended to be a Korea summit. Washington Post, "Analysis: Caution likely to guide next steps in Koreas talks," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of offing

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for offing

off entry 1

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The first known use of offing was in 1608

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off·ing | \ˈȯ-fiŋ \

Kids Definition of offing

: the near future or distance I see trouble in the offing.

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to reject or criticize sharply

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