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 That doesn't mean a silver bullet is in the offing. Brian Barrett, Wired, "My Friend Was Struck by ALS. Here’s How He’s Fighting Back," 23 June 2020 An extra round of playoffs to further reduce losses is in the offing. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Who wants to shame a billionaire? MLB's owners won't act unless their hands are forced," 15 June 2020 Investors are unlikely to favour a return to rapid expansion; the energy sector’s performance has been poor, the rebound in demand is uncertain and greener regulation may be in the offing. The Economist, "After the fall Investment in oil supply has collapsed. It may not roar back," 11 June 2020 And more trips are in the offing before the summer is over. William Thornton |, al, "Finding new homes for Birmingham Race Course’s greyhounds," 3 June 2020 But with less seat capacity overall from San Antonio to South Florida, higher fares may be in the offing on that route in addition to other flights with fewer available seats. Randy Diamond,, "More flights at San Antonio airport cut because of 737 Max grounding," 17 Feb. 2020 Barring another fluky playoff outcome, could be another Lombardi Gras in the offing ... *Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6): QB Tom Brady's arrival has made them the league's unexpected darlings, ones boasting a franchise-record five games in prime time. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2020 NFL record projections: Will Tom Brady or Drew Brees lead Super Bowl push?," 14 May 2020 Haydee loosened her grip and raised her head to the door, as if wondering if more rats were in the offing. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Eat Rat, Make New Body: Easy Stuff for Pythons," 12 May 2020 The Jakarta sequence is book-ended by a throw-down between Dolores and Maeve that’s been seasons in the offing. Scott Tobias, New York Times, "‘Westworld’ Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: The Regressive Path," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of offing

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for offing

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The first known use of offing was in 1608

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1 Jul 2020

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“Offing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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