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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
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see edgeways.

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get a word in edgewise

Also,get a word in edgeways. Insert oneself into a conversation or express one's opinion despite competition from other speakers. For example, So many people had questions for the lecturer that it was hard to get a word in edgewise, or Nancy loves to talk, and I couldn't get a word in edgeways. This idiom, often put in the negative, transfers an object with its edge foremost to inserting conversation. [ Late 1700s ]


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