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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
First recorded in 1560-70; edge + -wise Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You chatter so, Miss Pat, that no one can get a word in edgewise.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
  • He replaced the pocket secretary and looked at me edgewise, speculatively.

    Measure for a Loner James Judson Harmon
  • She did not let Mrs. Horton get a word in edgewise for the first two minutes.

    The Girl Scouts at Home

    Katherine Keene Galt
  • We'd fired these questions at him as fast as we could get them in edgewise, and now we knew a heap.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin
  • Here I could hardly get a question in edgewise for the flood which was let loose on me.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Little Ray was on his feet, trying to get a word in edgewise, but not succeeding at all.

  • That was too easy, there was no fun or excitement in the feat, so he placed it edgewise.

    Quicksilver George Manville Fenn
  • But little he knew how hard it was to get in even a promptu there edgewise.

    If, Yes and Perhaps

    Edward Everett Hale
Word Origin and History for edgewise

see edgeways.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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