[General] in the offing/ pie-in-the-sky

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vil

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Dear teachers,

Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

Here, than, was the guest. Unlimited energy in the offing – right, in the sea. AS might be expected, a rash of pie-in-the-sky prediction broke out.

pie-in-the-sky = an empty wish or promise,

as in His dream of being hired as a sports editor proved to be pie in the sky.

in the offing = in the near or immediate future; soon to come; near at hand; reach handy; not far off; visible from the shore

Thanks for your efforts.

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vil;638319 pie-in-the-sky = an empty wish or promise said:
pie[/B] in the sky.

Pie in the sky = something that you hope will happen but which is very unlikely to happen. Arguably this definition makes it easier for anyone to understand. If I were a student 'an empty wish' would probably leave me none the wiser....
 
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