Offing is a nautical word for the part of the sea that can be seen from the land. So, a Harbour Master would scan the sea (offing) to look for ships likely to visit. If there was one it would be "in the offing" and likely to visit soon.
By SailingQuiz September 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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