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 edge·ways [ej-weyz] /ˈɛdʒˌweɪz/.

Origin of edgewise

First recorded in 1560–70; edge + -wise
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Contemporary Examples of edgewise

Historical Examples of edgewise

  • 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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with edgewise


see get a word in edgewise.

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