In-the-offing meaning

(literally of a ship, landmass, etc.) Within the area of the sea known as the offing; at a considerable distance from land, but visible from shore, often in reference to an approaching ship.

They could see that the ship was waiting in the offing.

There were several small islands in the offing.

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(idiomatic) Soon to come; likely to happen; in the foreseeable future; projected to occur; on the horizon; in the wind.
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(idiomatic) At a distance, but visible.
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