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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Crown Prince Mohammed has been dropping hints that a formal rapprochement may be in the offing. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Will Netanyahu Go to Riyadh?," 6 Jan. 2019 Ford's top-selling F-150 had updates in 2018, and more may be in the offing for 2019. Dan Frio, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Full-size pickups: Edmunds rounds up the latest news on five 2019 models," 6 July 2018 Both still aim at full-time programs though that might not be in the offing for 2019. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar midseason review, part III: What's still to come," 17 June 2018 Also in the offing: a giant octopus playing drums, Mr. Momoa emerging from a waterfall in slow motion and Willem Dafoe with dyed eyebrows, riding an enormous hammerhead shark. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "The Movies to See This Holiday Season," 17 Nov. 2018 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

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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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