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adjective     offshore pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    [usually before noun] in the ocean, not on the land. This word is used especially for talking about the oil industry

    China has huge offshore and onshore oil reserves.

    an offshore oil rig

    1. a.
    2. b.
      an offshore wind is blowing away from the land, toward the ocean

      Avoid offshore winds and don’t sail alone.

  2. 2
    [only before noun] economics an offshore bank or company is not in your own country, but in a country where you pay less tax or where it is more private

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     offshore pronunciation in American English

They’re going to be working offshore.

The wind was blowing offshore.

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