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[eer-shot] /ˈɪərˌʃɒt/
the range or distance within which a sound, voice, etc., can be heard.
Also called earreach.
Origin of earshot
1600-10; ear1 + shot1 Unabridged
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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


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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