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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Gruden was expected to build his offense around Brown so last-hour changes are in the offing. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Raiders release receiver Antonio Brown two days before opening against Broncos, agrees to deal with Patriots hours later," 7 Sep. 2019 There’s not much sign of a breakthrough in the offing, but markets rallied on the news. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Trump and the hurricane: A lesson in three acts," 6 Sep. 2019 There is even less sign of co-ordinated regional fiscal stimulus in the offing. The Economist, "Mario Draghi and the ECB confront a slowing euro zone," 5 Sep. 2019 Manager Bob Melvin said the right-handed hitter will get some starts, especially with some left-handed starters in the offing. Susan Slusser,, "Call-up at Yankee Stadium special for A’s Sean Murphy," 2 Sep. 2019 But that greatest hits album also was their entry into the twilight of their chart-topping days, with only a few successes in the offing. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "It was hits — and misses — for Hall and Oates at Minnesota State Fair Grandstand," 28 Aug. 2019 David Koch had skipped recent political summits and a retirement had been in the offing. Philip Elliott, Time, "David Koch's Millions Remade the Republican Party. He Didn't Like the Results," 23 Aug. 2019 The people involved certainly did not anticipate anything extraordinary was in the offing. Bill Carter, CNN, "Producer Michael Davies bet his career on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' 20 years ago and won big," 16 Aug. 2019 In an interview with Quartz, Li said an India-specific aesthetic may also be in the offing. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Miniso wants to make in India and sell to the world," 14 Aug. 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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