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hoofbeat

[ hoof-beet, hoof- ]
/ ˈhʊfˌbit, ˈhuf- /
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noun
the sound made by an animal's hoof in walking, running, etc.
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Origin of hoofbeat

First recorded in 1840–50; hoof + beat
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How to use hoofbeat in a sentence

  • They parted, and Cleave presently heard the rapid hoofbeat overtake the Silver Hill coach and at once change to a slower rhythm.

    The Long Roll|Mary Johnston
  • She could hear the pounding of the steer's hoofs, and less distinctly the pattering hoofbeat of the pony.

    The Main Chance|Meredith Nicholson
  • The hoofbeat came a third time, a little nearer, and then no more.

    The Shades of the Wilderness|Joseph A. Altsheler
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