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edgewise

[ej-wahyz]
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adverb
  1. with the edge forward; in the direction of the edge.
  2. sideways.
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Idioms
  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.
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Also edge·ways [ej-weyz] /ˈɛdʒˌweɪz/.

Origin of edgewise

First recorded in 1560–70; edge + -wise
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Word Origin and History for get a word in edgewise

edgewise

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with get a word in edgewise

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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edgewise

see get a word in edgewise.

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