ear·​shot | \ˈir-ˌshät \

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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Synonyms for earshot


hail, hearing, sound

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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

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Maybe the chatter among farmers in the field, out of official earshot, is saltier. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "A Senate Barnburner in Farm Country," 7 Sep. 2018 Odds are, someone within earshot is hatching a plan to buy mansions and yachts as long as a city block. Alex Horton, The Seattle Times, "So many people are buying Mega Millions tickets that unique number combinations are shrinking," 23 Oct. 2018 The lab was not staffed Saturday night, so when a local alarm sounded on the tank at 5:06 p.m., alerting anyone within earshot that the temperature had risen to –156 degrees Celsius, no one heard it. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "When Your Dreams of Motherhood Are Destroyed," 1 Oct. 2018 In 2013, Coachella hosted a Britpop revival that featured a closing performance by Madchester kings Stone Roses -- but anyone in earshot will attest that the night belonged to Blur, who gave its first performance on U.S. soil since 2003. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Top 22 Coachella Performances Ever," 9 Apr. 2018 Alcott Park is within earshot of his home off of 99th Street, the park being between 97th Street and Interstate 41/894 and between Howard and Morgan avenues. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Greenfield man defies police by continuing long-running tradition of firing off Civil War cannons on 4th of July," 5 July 2018 After all, two of Trump's attorneys imprudently discussed their work within earshot of a Times reporter at a D.C. steakhouse in the fall, leading to this accidental scoop about the legal team's internal disagreements. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Were Trump’s own lawyers behind the ‘disgraceful’ leak of Mueller’s questions?," 1 May 2018 During his boyhood spell in the Jackson 5 alongside his brothers, Michael recalled spending long hours in the studio, within earshot of other children playing in the park. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Joe Jackson Was Left Out of Son Michael's Will: 'This Is a Decision His Son Made' Says Lawyer," 27 June 2018 That’s how scenes of wonder here tend to unfold: in earshot of the sciences. Michael Owen, New York Times, "A Tale of Soviet-Era Bucharest Probes the Ties Between Writer and Muse," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of earshot

1607, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of earshot

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


ear·​shot | \ˈir-ˌshät \

Kids Definition of earshot

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

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