hoofbeat

[ hoo f-beet, hoof- ]
/ ˈhʊfˌbit, ˈhuf- /
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noun

the sound made by an animal's hoof in walking, running, etc.

Origin of hoofbeat

First recorded in 1840–50; hoof + beat
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n.

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

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