the range or distance within which a sound, voice, etc., can be heard.
Also called earreach.

1600–10; ear1 + shot1

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earshot (ˈɪəˌʃɒt)
the range or distance within which sound may be heard (esp in the phrases within earshot, out of earshot)

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from ear (1) + shot.
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Example sentences
Once the chopper was out of earshot, the mid-morning quiet was broken only by
  instructions from the guides.
And within earshot, the rat-a-tat-tat of the brown sicklebill could be
  machine-gun fire.
We went to his home, half a duplex of company housing, within earshot of the
  howling well fires.
He'd sometimes show up at work with bleached hair, and at meetings he would
  blast anyone within earshot.
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