Offing

Noun

  • (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.
  • (figuratively) The foreseeable future. Chiefly in the phrase in the offing.
  • (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.

Verb

  • present participle of off

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