In The Offing

In The Offing

Said of a ship visible at sea off the land. Such a ship is often approaching port, hence the phrase is used figuratively to mean ‘about to happen’…

Comes from the days of the tall ships, the offing was the sea just off shore. Wives, girlfriends, and other interested parties would scan the offing for ships coming in. When a ship was sighted “in the offing” it was of course almost here.

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