within hearing distance

within hearing distance

Close enough to clearly hear what someone says or does. They didn't realize I was within hearing distance when they were discussing my performance in school. Let's step outside—I don't want to fight while they're within hearing distance.
See also: distance, hearing, within

in/within (somebody’s) ˈhearing

near enough to somebody so that they can hear what is said: She shouldn’t have said such things in your hearing.
See also: hearing, within
References in classic literature ?
I glanced around to see that no one was within hearing distance.
The trail of the party was plainly discernible, and the Chinaman had no difficulty in following them, so that they had gone no great way before he came within hearing distance of them.
Then I read in a low voice, to as many as could crowd their shaven heads within hearing distance, part of the account of the miracle of the restoration of the well, and was accompanied by aston- ished and reverent ejaculations all through: "Ah-h-h
The fact was that the telephone had brought within hearing distance a new wonder- world of sound.
Naiwan sila sa bantayan," rued the Calumpang, Marikina City native, with Cardana and Navara, the current CCN Polka Dot Jersey holder, within hearing distance.
Praise them within hearing distance and behind their backs.
Domestic Abuse/Anti-Social Behaviour, doesn't just affect the victims but affects all those living within hearing distance, adults and children alike.
In an eyewitness account given to the Commission on Human Rights, the late Wahida Kasim said she was within hearing distance of a ranking navy officer, who was apparently arguing over two-way radio with a fellow officer, telling the other officer that the order was 'leave no one alive there.
It is easier (but not wiser) to pretend that all is well, wrap everything up, and try to forget that the whole thing happened--but that seed of dissatisfaction will grow as the frame hangs on the client's wall, and that client will become a former client, spreading the word to every friend and acquaintance within hearing distance.
This small country of ours under EU powers that must be obeyed, will soon be obliged to impose prison sentences and fines on those that believe their religious laws should be observed by their children or quoting the reasons as given by our Bible while within hearing distance of a LGBT member.
Tom was very passionate about his work and was a great storyteller, engaging everyone within hearing distance," recalled BLS Director of Marketing Penny Portner.
Then, even within hearing distance of Carver and his teammates, not to mention officials who had made his lucrative move to Toronto possible, he said: "I loved it so much I would love to go back and play for them.
The re-appearance of an old flame could put you on the spot if your partner happens to be within hearing distance.
Hamid is remembered for his brave refusal to testify against Abd al-Khalig Mahjoub in the military tribunals set up by the revenge-thirsty Nimeiry following the defeat of the 1971 coup as bullets burst through the bodies of the accused officers within hearing distance.
Those aged four and over should be within hearing distance, and out of sight for no longer than a minute, she said.