- 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
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Examples from the Web for edgewise
Instead, Coulter gouged a string of fellow conservatives, leaving Hannity struggling to get a word in edgewise.How Bad Is It? Even Ann Coulter Has Turned On Conservatives
October 15, 2013
It would be just like having Gingrich as VP—except that, with Sorrentino, every now and again Mitt might get a word in edgewise.Eight Ways Mitt Romney Could Beat Newt Gingrich
December 16, 2011
You chatter so, Miss Pat, that no one can get a word in edgewise.Miss Pat at School
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
Word Origin and History for edgewise
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with edgewise
see get a word in edgewise.
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