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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OFFING

We got into the offing, and squared away for the river again.

Czerny's yacht lay, the picture of a ship, eastward in the offing.

We set there and thought and thought, and by and by I commenced to sight an idee in the offing.

From the top of our tower we saw the Fleet far out in the offing.

Now let us see if we can train this saker to command the offing.

All hands were soon on deck, and saw a large ship in the offing.

Why should everything come back to that one brig in the offing?

The compliment was declined on the ground that their unit was in the offing.

The schooner in the offing was the one touch of life within my range of vision.

When the sea appeared, all eyes anxiously gazed at 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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