ear·​shot | \ ˈir-ˌshät How to pronounce earshot (audio) \

Definition of earshot

: the range within which one may hear a person's unaided voice waited until he was out of earshot

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Examples of earshot in a Sentence

They were within earshot of each other. babysitters should remain within earshot of young children
Recent Examples on the Web Case managers who sense a child is in danger will arrange to speak with the child outside of the home, perhaps in the yard and out of earshot from caregivers. Suzanne Hirt, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus: Children more at risk for abuse and neglect during pandemic, experts say," 21 Mar. 2020 Some of these statements are made within my son’s earshot. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Older father hates Granddad assumptions," 1 Jan. 2020 Some of these statements are made within my son’s earshot. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Older dad lashes out at grandpa assumptions," 1 Jan. 2020 Almena was given time to review the evidence prosecutors plan to present, and to refresh his recollection outside earshot of the jury. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship trial: Almena spars with prosecutors on witness stand," 10 July 2019 The land, surrounded by roads and within earshot of the Gatwick Airport flightpath, will never match the traditional conception of unmanaged wilderness. Christopher Preston, The Atlantic, "Conservationists No Longer Agree on What ‘Wild’ Means," 9 Apr. 2020 Those unfortunate to live within earshot are less keen, and last October won a court ruling revoking its licence. The Economist, "I shot the DJ One law for the mighty in Kenya," 13 Feb. 2020 For most of human history, every word spoken, every song sung, was by definition ephemeral: Air vibrated and sound traveled in and out of earshot, never to be heard again. New York Times, "The Day the Music Burned," 11 June 2019 At the broker’s open house, Turk and Skow imagined the fun of restoring the home, while others in their earshot deemed it a disaster — even with an asking price of $999,000. Los Angeles Times, "Before and After: Rediscovering a forgotten John Lautner in Echo Park," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of earshot

1607, in the meaning defined above

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“Earshot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earshot. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of earshot

: the distance within which someone's voice can be heard


ear·​shot | \ ˈir-ˌshät How to pronounce earshot (audio) \

Kids Definition of earshot

: the range within which a person's voice can be heard

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