out of earshot

out of earshot

Fig. too far from the source of a sound to hear the sound. I was out of earshot and could not hear the conversation. Mary waited until her children were out of earshot before mentioning the presents she got them.
See also: earshot, of, out
References in classic literature ?
When they were out of earshot, he said to the vizir, "There must be something very odd to make that man act so--I should like to find out what is the reason.
But in spite of the brilliant sunlight and the green fans of the trees waving in the soothing sea-breeze, the world was a confusion, blurred with drifting black and red phantasms, until I was out of earshot of the house in the chequered wall.
Rachel, when she was sure they were out of earshot.
For ten minutes I had watched her talking earnestly with the engineer, and now, with a sign for silence, I drew her out of earshot of the helmsman.
Now that we were before Zodanga the task of obtaining entry to the city devolved upon me, and directing Tars Tarkas to hold his forces in two divisions out of earshot of the city, with each division opposite a large gateway, I took twenty dismounted warriors and approached one of the small gates that pierced the walls at short intervals.
Baby was wheeled out of earshot, and did not hear about the crisis till later years.
Send this man who seems to have constituted himself my jailer out of earshot, and I will tell you even more.
I was rid of him at last; and there I stood, listening to his headlong steps, until they stumbled out of earshot down the lane; then back to the cottage, at a run myself, and up to my room to be no worse than my word.
They were out of earshot before either spoke again, so that what further passed between them Sing could not even guess, but he had heard enough to confirm the suspicions he had entertained for a long while.
But the men were not out of earshot before the count's valet heard Raoul say, distinctly and emphatically:
exclaimed Cecil, almost before they were out of earshot,
I had to smile because I think she was out of earshot when I replied, "But I AM the carer
It is claimed the threats were made out of earshot of the judge after people had been escorted from the courtroom by security staff.
Thankfully the United goalkeeper was out of earshot when the supposedly star-struck woman turned to her friend who had taken the picture and said: "Who was that?
He said: "Normally, you'll get, 'Thanks for your support', and the second they're out of earshot they go completely ballistic.