Offing meaning

ôfĭng, ŏfĭng
The part of the sea visible from shore that is very distant or beyond anchoring ground.
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(nautical) The area of the sea in which a ship can be seen in the distance from land, excluding the parts nearest the shore, and beyond the anchoring ground.
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(nautical) The distance that a ship at sea keeps away from land, often because of navigational dangers, fog and other hazards; a position at a distance from shore.
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(figuratively) The foreseeable future. Chiefly in the phrase in the offing.
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Present participle of off.
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The definition of an offing is the furthest part of the sea that can be seen from shore, or a point faraway from shore.

An example of an offing is the line way off in the distance of the ocean you're able to see when standing on a beach.

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The distant part of the sea visible from the shore.
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A position at a distance from the shore.
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in the offing
  • In the near or immediate future; soon to come:.
    With exams finished and graduation in the offing.
  • Nearby; at hand.
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in the offing
  • At some distance but in sight.
  • At some indefinite time in the future.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of offing

  • off +"Ž ing. Attested since the 1620s. Early texts also spell the term offin and offen.

    From Wiktionary