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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. 2016.
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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
  • He waited till the man and his charge were out of earshot, then he turned to Bones.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • I could have slapped her—fortunately Miss Sharp was out of earshot—.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • I wish he could have heard what passed between the sisters as soon as ever he was out of earshot.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Again they passed out of earshot, and Hilliard took the opportunity to stretch his somewhat cramped limbs.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Williams, the mate, was at the break of the poop, and out of earshot.

  • 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
  • We said and did nothing until we had driven out of sight and earshot.

  • 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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