American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The part of the sea visible from shore that is very distant or beyond anchoring ground.
- idiom. in the offing In the near or immediate future; soon to come: with exams finished and graduation in the offing.
- idiom. in the offing Nearby; at hand.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of the open visible sea that is remote from the shore, beyond the anchoring-ground, or beyond the mid-line between the shore and the horizon.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. figuratively The foreseeable future. Chiefly in the phrase in the offing.
- v. present participle of off.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That part of the sea at a good distance from the shore, or where there is deep water and no need of a pilot; also, distance from the shore
- n. the near or foreseeable future
- n. the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore and is beyond the anchoring area
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“The story, scripted by Oscar winning Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, is about a newly possessed cheerleader who turns into a killer that specializes in offing her male classmates.”
“The complete lack of tension involved in offing two of the show’s most important characters was a big fat drag.”
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“State of the Career: Volunteering is still the most fun I can have with my clothes on, and there are a couple of job applications in the offing, which is similarly taking up a lot of my limited attention span.”
“Remember Dukakis -- no, not Olympia, but Michael -- when he was asked whether he would support the idea of offing the killer of HIS WIFE, repeat, HIS WIFE!, he said no.”
“If this team stays together, another deep tournament run could be in offing.”
“(Still in the offing was the second, wider and more prolonged phase involving the forces of the five Arab nations that invaded Palestine in mid-May.)”
“Immediately in the offing was the walling off an area of veld used for recreation, but which was dangerous at night in its present state.”
“_Zungeru_, rolling sluggishly at a single anchor, while steaming slowly in the offing was a light cruiser detailed to act as escort to the convoy, for more transports were under orders to rendezvous off Cape”
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