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footfall

[foo t-fawl] /ˈfʊtˌfɔl/
noun
1.
a footstep.
2.
the sound of footsteps:
She heard a footfall on the stairs.
Origin of footfall
1600-1610
1600-10; foot + fall
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footfall

/ˈfʊtˌfɔːl/
noun
1.
the sound of a footstep
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Word Origin and History for footfall
n.

c.1600; see foot (n.) + fall (n). Perhaps first in Shakespeare.

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