Definitions for offingˈɔ fɪŋ, ˈɒf ɪŋ
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word offing
the near or foreseeable future
"there was a wedding in the offing"
the part of the sea that can be seen from the shore and is beyond the anchoring area
"there was a ship in the offing"
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.
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.
The foreseeable future. Chiefly in the phrase in the offing.
Origin: . Attested since the 1620s. Early texts also spell the term offin and offen.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The CIA’s success has left AQAP both guessing and pointing fingers at how the organization’s very careful leadership has been caught so off guard, in order to complete its expansion dreams, the Islamic State either needs to win over core AQAP support or kill off its opposition letting the rest fold into its ranks. The Islamic State has the most to gain, offing of important AQAP leadership.
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