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edgewise

[ej-wahyz] /ˈɛdʒˌwaɪz/
adverb
1.
with the edge forward; in the direction of the edge.
2.
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] /ˈɛdʒˌweɪz/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of edgewise
1560-1570
1560-70; edge + -wise
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  • These show best when a piece of the leaf broken off is looked at edgewise.

    Through a Microscope Samuel Wells
  • You chatter so, Miss Pat, that no one can get a word in edgewise.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • At dinner she talked to him so animatedly (and so personally) that no one else could get a word in edgewise.

    The Vehement Flame Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
  • We'd fired these questions at him as fast as we could get them in edgewise, and now we knew a heap.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • Zoséphine looked up to his face from the little foot that edgewise was writing nothings in the dust.

    Bonaventure George Washington Cable
  • 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
  • On the contrary, Miss Margaret, I have been unable to get a word in edgewise.

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • Little Ray was on his feet, trying to get a word in edgewise, but not succeeding at all.

Word Origin and History for edgewise

see edgeways.

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edgewise

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