- get a word in edgewise, to succeed in entering a conversation or expressing one's opinion in spite of competition or opposition: There were so many people talking at once that I couldn't get a word in edgewise.
Origin of edgewise
Examples from the Web for edgeways
"I'm the nobody who can't get a word in edgeways anyhow," she said.The Incomplete Amorist
Say, fellows, why won't some of you let me get a word in edgeways?The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island
But you know I said just now that some leaves were not flat, but set upright, edgeways.Proserpina, Volume 1
She poked the truth at them edgeways, the truth that is, as she saw it.Gossamer
George A. Birmingham
I never can get a word in edgeways when I'm with you,' she returned.The Explorer
W. Somerset Maugham
esp US and Canadian edgewise (ˈɛdʒˌwaɪz)
- with the edge forwards or uppermostthey carried the piano in edgeways
- on, by, with, or towards the edgehe held it edgeways
- get a word in edgeways (usually used with a negative) to succeed in interrupting a conversation in which someone else is talking incessantly
Word Origin and History for edgeways
also edge-ways, 1560s, from edge (n.) + way. First attested form of the word is edgewaie; the adverbial genitive -s appears by 1640s. Edgewise (1715) appears to be a variant, based on otherwise, etc. See edge (v.).
As if it were possible for any of us to slide in a word edgewise! [Mary Mitford, "Our Village," 1824].
To edge in a word in this sense is from 1680s.