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edgewise

[ej-wahyz]
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adverb
  1. with the edge forward; in the direction of the edge.
  2. sideways.
Idioms
  1. 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 edge·ways [ej-weyz] /ˈɛdʒˌweɪz/.

Origin of edgewise

First recorded in 1560–70; edge + -wise
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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.

  • 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


Word Origin and History for edgewise

see edgeways.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with edgewise

edgewise

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