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1 the near or foreseeable future; "there was a wedding in the offing"
2 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"

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  1. The distance that a ship at sea keeps away from land because of navigational dangers, fog and other hazards
    • 1719: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      I saw the land run out a great length into the sea, at about the distance of four or five leagues before me; and the sea being very calm, I kept a large offing to make this point.
  2. The distant part of the sea visible from the shore

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