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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • The moment they were out of earshot Helen turned to her lover.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • I could have slapped her—fortunately Miss Sharp was out of earshot—.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • "At your service, sir," said he; and I drew him out of earshot of those others.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Again they passed out of earshot, and Hilliard took the opportunity to stretch his somewhat cramped limbs.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • "I can't," said Jeff ruthlessly, when he had got her out of earshot.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • 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
  • And now they had walked out of earshot, and I heard no more.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • 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


the range or distance within which sound may be heard (esp in the phrases within earshot, out of earshot)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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