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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
First recorded in 1600-10; ear1 + shot1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.


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

    Bulldog And Butterfly David Christie Murray
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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