edgeways

edgewise

[ej-wahyz]
adverb
1.
with the edge forward; in the direction of the edge.
Idioms
3.
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, edgeways [ej-weyz] .


Origin:
1560–70; edge + -wise

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edgeways or esp (US and Canadian) edgewise (ˈɛdʒˌweɪz, ˈɛdʒˌwaɪz)
 
adv
1.  with the edge forwards or uppermost: they carried the piano in edgeways
2.  on, by, with, or towards the edge: he held it edgeways
3.  (usually used with a negative) get a word in edgeways to succeed in interrupting a conversation in which someone else is talking incessantly
 
edgewise or esp (US and Canadian) edgewise
 
adv

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edgeways
also edge-ways, 1560s, from 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.
"As if it were possible for any of us to slide in a word edgewise!" [Mary Mitford, "Our Village," 1824].

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