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earshot

[eer-shot] /ˈɪərˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
the range or distance within which a sound, voice, etc., can be heard.
Also called earreach.
Origin of earshot
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; ear1 + shot1
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  • The moment they were out of earshot Helen turned to her lover.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • "At your service, sir," said he; and I drew him out of earshot of those others.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • "I can't," said Jeff ruthlessly, when he had got her out of earshot.

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

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • "In the variety of knowledge there is safety," he said; and then they passed out of earshot.

  • It began at the center with its repetition as the words were conveyed to those out of earshot.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • Kelley looked back to see that Fred was well out of earshot.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • They were hardly out of earshot before the girls turned to her.

    Phyllis

    Dorothy Whitehill
  • The rivals were alone, and nobody was within sight or earshot.

    Bulldog And Butterfly David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for earshot

earshot

/ˈɪəˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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