in the offing

[ aw-fing, of-ing ]SEE DEFINITION OF in the offing

WORD ORIGIN

in phrase in the offing, 1779, from nautical term offing "the more distant part of the sea as seen from the shore" (1620s), from off (q.v.) + noun suffix -ing (1). Originally the phrase meant "in the distant future;" modern sense of "impending" developed 1914.

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