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  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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Examples from the Web for edgeways

Historical Examples of edgeways

  • "I'm the nobody who can't get a word in edgeways anyhow," she said.

  • Say, fellows, why won't some of you let me get a word in edgeways?

  • But you know I said just now that some leaves were not flat, but set upright, edgeways.

  • She poked the truth at them edgeways, the truth that is, as she saw it.


    George A. Birmingham

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

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    W. Somerset Maugham

British Dictionary definitions for edgeways


esp US and Canadian edgewise (ˈɛdʒˌwaɪz)

  1. with the edge forwards or uppermostthey carried the piano in edgeways
  2. on, by, with, or towards the edgehe held it edgeways
  3. get a word in edgeways (usually used with a negative) 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.


Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with edgeways


see get a word in edgewise.

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