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earshot

[eer-shot] /ˈɪərˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
the range or distance within which a sound, voice, etc., can be heard.
Also called earreach.
Origin of earshot
1600-1610
1600-10; ear1 + shot1
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  • When they were out of earshot Miss Bartlett stopped her wails and said quite briskly: "Have you told him about him yet?"

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • He waited till the man and his charge were out of earshot, then he turned to Bones.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • I could have slapped her—fortunately Miss Sharp was out of earshot—.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • I wish he could have heard what passed between the sisters as soon as ever he was out of earshot.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Again they passed out of earshot, and Hilliard took the opportunity to stretch his somewhat cramped limbs.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Williams, the mate, was at the break of the poop, and out of earshot.

  • All units which come out of the trenches for a rest are sent far enough back to be out of earshot of the guns.

    Sixty Squadron R.A.F. Group-Captain A. J. L. Scott
  • We said and did nothing until we had driven out of sight and earshot.

  • The scene was clear before her as he pointed to the maid, out of earshot, and gazing carelessly at the worshippers.

British Dictionary definitions for earshot

earshot

/ˈɪəˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
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 and History for earshot
n.

c.1600, from ear (n.1) + shot (n.) in the sense of "range" (e.g. bowshot).

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