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hoofbeat

[hoo f-beet, hoof-] /ˈhʊfˌbit, ˈhuf-/
noun
1.
the sound made by an animal's hoof in walking, running, etc.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; hoof + beat
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n.

also hoof-beat, 1821, from hoof (n.) + beat (n.).

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