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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
1600-1610
1600-10; ear1 + shot1
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  • 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.
  • So the next time you are stuck in earshot of squabbling youngsters, try to pardon their lack of consideration.
  • Hundreds of thousands of protesters were unable to get within earshot.
  • When you're at a party, you can solve the problem by moving within earshot.
  • All around the original riot zone people were sitting on their stoops or sleeping in their homes within earshot of the window.
  • At this point everyone within earshot of me, collectively exploded with laughter.
  • He lived in a small home on a tidy block, within earshot of the projects.
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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