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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Examples of offing in a Sentence

major changes are in the offing for the company
Recent Examples on the Web The group plans to be here for about a week, with bear viewing, fishing and a trip to Denali in the offing. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, 24 July 2021 So will re-imposing mask mandates, as Los Angeles County did this weekend while warning more restrictions could be in the offing. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 19 July 2021 With unparalleled money and ambition behind the project, Warp Speed head Moncef Slaoui was more confident than his counterparts in Europe that a vaccine was in the offing. Lori Hinnant, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 Madara said in the same meeting that federal funding could be in the offing. Kevin Spear,, 15 July 2021 This is true today, but miraculous breakthroughs are in the offing. Steve Forbes, Forbes, 6 July 2021 One of those edges is the waterfront facing Manhattan, where a few developers have persuaded themselves (and their lenders) that a new gold coast is in the offing. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 30 June 2021 The kids are excited because there's ice cream in the offing. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 June 2021 With Target’s enhancement and expansion in the offing, one RetailWire BrainTrust member gave some historical context to the pursuit of a store upgrade strategy. George Anderson, Forbes, 23 June 2021

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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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26 Jul 2021

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“Offing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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