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[ej-wahyz] /ˈɛdʒˌwaɪz/
with the edge forward; in the direction of the edge.
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.
Also, edgeways
[ej-weyz] /ˈɛdʒˌweɪz/ (Show IPA)
Origin of edgewise
1560-70; edge + -wise Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for edgeways
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  • “It's very kind of you,” interrupted Mrs. Rossmore, glad of the opportunity to get a word in edgeways.

    The Lion and The Mouse Charles Klein
  • She poked the truth at them edgeways, the truth that is, as she saw it.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • It was some minutes before their nerves were restored, and I had time to get a few words in edgeways between their greetings.

    Jethou E. R. Suffling
  • I never can get a word in edgeways when I'm with you,' she returned.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • 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."

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • But you know I said just now that some leaves were not flat, but set upright, edgeways.

    Proserpina, Volume 1 John Ruskin
  • As soon as I could get a word in edgeways I begged them to be quiet, but Selina was excited and disowned us all.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • You never could get a word in edgeways when Livingstone was in the room, anyhow.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
British Dictionary definitions for edgeways


with the edge forwards or uppermost: they carried the piano in edgeways
on, by, with, or towards the edge: he held it edgeways
(usually used with a negative) get a word in edgeways, to succeed in interrupting a conversation in which someone else is talking incessantly
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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.


see edgeways.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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