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ear +‎ shot



earshot (usually uncountable, plural earshots)

  1. A distance from which sound is still audible.
    I'll row out on the lake but stay within earshot.
    • 1948 August, Aldous Huxley, Ape and Essence, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, →OCLC:
      Loola glances about her to make sure that nobody is within earshot, then speaks at last almost in a whisper.
    • 2013, Buton Richen Drup, Buton's History of Buddhism in India and Its Spread to Tibet:
      Ananda hit the target, an iron drum, from a distance of two earshots. Devadatta, from a distance of four earshots, Sundarananda from a distance of six earshots, and Dandapani [found his target] from one league.

Usage notes[edit]

Usually used in the phrases in/within earshot and out of earshot.