[ ej-wahyz ]
/ ˈɛdʒˌwaɪz /


with the edge forward; in the direction of the edge.

Idioms for edgewise

    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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British Dictionary definitions for edgeways


esp US and Canadian edgewise (ˈɛdʒˌwaɪz)

/ (ˈɛdʒˌweɪz) /


with the edge forwards or uppermostthey carried the piano in edgeways
on, by, with, or towards the edgehe held it edgeways
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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Idioms and Phrases with edgeways


see get a word in edgewise.

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