to get a word in edgewise
Edgeways Edge"ways, Edgewise Edge"wise, adv. With the edge towards anything; in the direction of the edge. [1913 Webster]

{to get a word in edgewise} to succeed in expressing an opinion in a conversation, in spite of constant speech from another or others; as, he talked incessantly and I couldn't get a word in edgewise.

Note: the form {edgeways} is now uncommon. [PJC]

Glad to get in a word, as they say, edgeways. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • able to get a word in edgewise — adjective Able to participate in the conversation; able to interrupt another persons monologue. If Id been able to get a word in edgewise, I would have told him his pants were on fire …   Wiktionary

  • get\ a\ word\ in\ edgewise — • get a word in (edgewise) v. phr. To find a chance to say something when others are talking. The little boy listened to the older students and finally got in a word. Mary talked so much that Jack couldn t get a word in edgewise …   Словарь американских идиом

  • get a word in edgewise — to find an opportunity to say something. Harold talked so much that nobody else could get a word in edgewise …   New idioms dictionary

  • get a word in edgewise — [usu. with negative] contribute to a conversation with difficulty because the other speaker talks almost without pause * * * get a word in edgewise see ↑edgewise • • • Main Entry: ↑word …   Useful english dictionary

  • get a word in edgewise — verb To break into or participate in a conversation. Everyone was talking at once. I couldnt get a word in edgewise …   Wiktionary

  • get a word in edgewise — manage to break into a conversation I couldn t get a word in edgewise so I left the meeting …   Idioms and examples

  • (not) get a word in edgewise — (not) get a word in ˈedgeways idiom (BrE) (NAmE (not) get a word in ˈedgewise) (not) to be able to say anything because sb else is speaking too much • …   Useful english dictionary

  • get\ a\ word\ in — • get a word in (edgewise) v. phr. To find a chance to say something when others are talking. The little boy listened to the older students and finally got in a word. Mary talked so much that Jack couldn t get a word in edgewise …   Словарь американских идиом

  • get\ a\ word\ in\ edgeways — • get a word in (edgewise) v. phr. To find a chance to say something when others are talking. The little boy listened to the older students and finally got in a word. Mary talked so much that Jack couldn t get a word in edgewise …   Словарь американских идиом

  • get a word in — or[get a word in edgewise] also[get a word in edgeways] {v. phr.} To find a chance to say something when others are talking. * /The little boy listened to the older students and finally got in a word./ * /Mary talked so much that Jack couldn t… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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