“It's very kind of you,” interrupted Mrs. Rossmore, glad of the opportunity to get a word in edgeways.
She poked the truth at them edgeways, the truth that is, as she saw it.
It was some minutes before their nerves were restored, and I had time to get a few words in edgeways between their greetings.
I never can get a word in edgeways when I'm with you,' she returned.
At last, edgeways, I reached a pale and melancholy ticket-collector, and asked him where I should find the address mentioned.
Say, fellows, why won't some of you let me get a word in edgeways?
Some of the little farms on the hillside opposite Heidelberg were stood up "edgeways."
But you know I said just now that some leaves were not flat, but set upright, edgeways.
As soon as I could get a word in edgeways I begged them to be quiet, but Selina was excited and disowned us all.
You never could get a word in edgeways when Livingstone was in the room, anyhow.
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.