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[eer-split-ing] /ˈɪərˌsplɪt ɪŋ/
an earsplitting explosion.
Origin of earsplitting
1880-85; ear1 + splitting Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • All were hard at work, their gunners working like men possessed, and the crash of their constant discharge was ear-splitting.

    The Invasion William Le Queux
  • An ear-splitting yell sounded from the direction of the encampment.

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
  • Through the little church an ear-splitting crash rang out that fairly rocked the walls!

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • Only when angry do I utter my fearful, ear-splitting, soul-shuddering growl.

    The Patchwork Girl of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • Suddenly we heard a crash, an ear-splitting explosion from the fire line.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • And hard at their heels came another of the ear-splitting crashes.

    Castle of Terror E.J. Liston
  • Up ran one of the dogs, capering around with sharp, ear-splitting barks, and tried to get his teeth into Bob's ankle.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts Roy Rutherford Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for ear-splitting


so loud or shrill as to hurt the ears
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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