with the edge forward; in the direction of the edge.
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] .

1560–70; edge + -wise

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edgeways or esp (US and Canadian) edgewise (ˈɛdʒˌweɪz, ˈɛdʒˌwaɪz)
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

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see get a word in edgewise.

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If there is a history, the local gossips won't let you get a word in edgewise.
The others consider the question and finally get a word in edgewise.
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