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

out of ˈearshot (of somebody/something)

too far away to hear somebody/something or to be heard: We waited until Ted was safely out of earshot before discussing it.
See also: earshot, of, out
References in classic literature ?
Gray and I were sitting together at the far end of the block house, to be out of earshot of our officers consulting; and Gray took his pipe out of his mouth and fairly forgot to put it back again, so thunder-struck he was at this occurrence.
The sun might blaze overhead, the air be without a breath, the surface smooth and blue, but still these great rollers would be running along all the external coast, thundering and thundering by day and night; and I scarce believe there is one spot in the island where a man would be out of earshot of their noise.
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.
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?
Yesterday, one apprentice who declined the plea had just gone out of earshot when one youngster shouted after him: "Why not, who the feck do you think you are?
He said: "Normally, you'll get, 'Thanks for your support', and the second they're out of earshot they go completely ballistic.
But before Peter was even out of earshot, young James turned to his mum, looking bemused and confused, and said: "Who was he?
Yes, that was our only loss, in that last game, so this year we want to leave no doubt,'' said Sanchez, sitting with his teammates just out of earshot from the Valencia players.
Across the eighty-foot span of the installation, sounds moved in and out of earshot, were remembered and anticipated, and, at either end, merged with noises from neighboring rooms.
Admittedly, it is hard to be dispassionate when someone has their foot on your head, but a prudent student would keep his opinions to himself until out of earshot or, failing that, in possession of pepper spray to cover the retreat.