edgeways
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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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • edgeways — UK [ˈedʒweɪz] / US [ˈedʒˌweɪz] or edgewise UK [ˈedʒwaɪz] / US [ˈedʒˌwaɪz] adverb sideways Pack the plates edgeways with plenty of paper between them. • not get a word in edgeways …   English dictionary

  • edgeways — (also edgewise) ► ADVERB ▪ with the edge uppermost or towards the viewer. ● get a word in edgeways Cf. ↑get a word in edgeways …   English terms dictionary

  • edgeways — also edge ways, 1560s, from EDGE (Cf. edge) (n.) + ways. First attested form of the word is edgewaie; the adv. gen. s appears by 1640s. Edgewise (1715) appears to be a variant, based on otherwise, etc. See EDGE (Cf. edge) (v.). As if it were… …   Etymology dictionary

  • edgeways — edge|ways [ edʒ,weız ] or edge|wise [ edʒ,waız ] adverb sideways: Pack the plates edgeways with plenty of paper between them. not get a word in edgeways to not manage to say something because another person is talking a lot …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • edgeways — [[t]e̱ʤweɪz[/t]] PHRASE: V inflects (disapproval) (The spelling edgewise [[t]e̱ʤwaɪz[/t]] is also used, especially in American English.) If you say that you cannot get a word in edgeways, you are complaining that you do not have the opportunity… …   English dictionary

  • edgeways — See: GET A WORD IN or GET A WORD IN EDGEWISE, also GET A WORD IN EDGEWAYS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • edgeways — See: GET A WORD IN or GET A WORD IN EDGEWISE, also GET A WORD IN EDGEWAYS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • edgeways — edge|ways [ˈedʒweız] adv also edge|wise [ waız] sideways →get a word in edgeways at ↑word1 (26) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • edgeways — See: get a word in or get a word in edgewise also get a word in edgeways …   Словарь американских идиом

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