in the offing


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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.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
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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.
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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.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in the offing

In the future; likely to occur. The term was first used in the seventeenth century to describe the open sea as seen between shore and horizon. In the eighteenth century it began to be used figuratively to describe something nearby or in prospect. Thus Nancy Mitford wrote (Love in a Cold Climate, 1949), “That look of concentration which comes over French faces when a meal is in the offing.”
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