The meaning of "in the offing" I guess is "something that is likely to happen in the (distant) future"

Is there any phrase that describes something that is likely to happen soon?

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Your premise is not correct. According to Oxford Dictionaries Online the phrase in the offing means

Likely to happen or appear soon: there are several initiatives in the offing

Similarly Collins

likely to occur soon

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    The origin of the phrase is nautuical, the 'offing' being the deep water between the shore and horizon. Ships 'in the offing' are either about to vanish over the horizon or about to come into harbour. The horizon is between 5-20km away, depending on your vantage point (shore vs clifftop) so something in the offing, is not very far away. phrases.org.uk/meanings/in-the-offing.html
    – Spagirl
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 13:31

In store (for somebody/something)TFD

planned or likely to happen.

"We have a big surprise in store for you."
"She's got a difficult few months in store, with her husband's illness."

In the not too distant futureM-W

at a time that is not long from now:  soon

"Changes are expected in the not too distant future."


I think what you are looking for is pending, something you consider likely to occur in the near-distant future.

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