off·​ing | \ ˈȯ-fiŋ How to pronounce offing (audio) , 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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Change, which happens after every World Cup cycle, is in the offing. Avi Creditor,, "What the Future Holds for USWNT's Roster Entering Olympics, 2023 Women's World Cup," 9 July 2019 Here are details on that and other Bay Area lunar celebrations in the offing. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "7 amazing Bay Area things to do over July 4th weekend," 4 July 2019 But some believe that a less ambitious deal may be in the offing. NBC News, "Trump's Iran policy is deepening mistrust in North Korea, experts say," 29 June 2019 The company sold the unique building that houses its trove of LPs and videos to developer GPI in 2015 for $34 million, so a move has actually been in the offing for years. Marc Schneider, Billboard, "Amoeba Hollywood Set to Move After Plan for Apartment Tower Clears Hurdle," 26 June 2019 The equalizer looked in the offing and came by an unlikely route as a whipped in corner from Elise Kellond-Knight found the net without another player getting a touch. CNN, "Norway beats Australia on penalties after Sam Kerr misses for Matildas," 22 June 2019 Rumors were swirling that a temporary ban was in the offing (200 wells could be coming to this north suburban city), but in the end, nothing materialized from the dais. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: Behind the scenes at a Colorado GOP training session with Trump supporters," 20 June 2019 The only true solution to cost disease is an economy-wide productivity slowdown—and one may be in the offing. The Economist, "The rising cost of education and health care is less troubling than believed," 20 June 2019 China plans to launch the Chang’e-5 probe to the moon later this year, with three more in the offing. Saritha Rai / Bloomberg, Time, "India Plans to Launch Moon Mission in July," 12 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce offing (audio) \

Kids Definition of offing

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

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an act or instance of editing or removing

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