in the offing


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Related to in the offing: draw out, let bygones be bygones

in the offing

In the future; happening soon. A vacation is in the offing for me, and I couldn't be more ready for it.

in the offing

happening at some time in the future. There is a big investigation in the offing, but I don't know when. It's hard to tell what's in the offing if you don't keep track of things.

in the offing

In the near or immediate future; soon to come. For example, Jan was delighted that exams were finished and graduation was in the offing. This expression originally meant "in the part of the ocean visible between shore and horizon"; its figurative use dates from the late 1700s. Also see in the wind.

in the offing

If something is in the offing, it is likely to happen soon. A general amnesty for political prisoners may be in the offing. With Sybil's wedding in the offing I'm hoping this cough isn't infectious.

in the offing

nearby; likely to happen or appear soon.
This expression originated as a nautical term for a distance offshore, beyond a harbour or anchoring ground. It has been used figuratively since the late 18th century.

in the ˈoffing

(informal) likely or about to happen soon: There’s a pay rise in the offing, I hear.The offing is the furthest part of the sea that you can see from land. Ships that are in the offing will soon arrive at the land.

in the offing

1. In the near or immediate future; soon to come: with exams finished and graduation in the offing.
2. Nearby; at hand.