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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Another eight-win season, or better, appears to be in the offing. Edgar Thompson,, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 23 Missouri poised for nice season despite NCAA sanctions," 3 Aug. 2019 Analysts reckon a new arms race is possibly in the offing. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump opens the door to chaos as landmark treaty expires," 2 Aug. 2019 The picture the data shows will also likely affect expectations of whether further rate cuts are in the offing this year. Andrew Nusca, Fortune, "Another Front Opens in the U.S.-China Trade War: CEO Daily," 2 Aug. 2019 The plans have been in the offing for some time, but today's statement on the club's official website details further Everton's plans., "Everton Unveil Stunning New Waterfront Stadium Plans on Banks of the River Mersey," 25 July 2019 Men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was in the midst of a winless season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and a change was in the offing. Brandon Lilly, Fortune, "First He Helped Recruit Michael Jordan to UNC, Now He’s the Go-To Scout—For College Basketball Coaches," 19 July 2019 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

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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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Kids Definition of offing

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

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a period when something is suspended

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