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[ej-wahyz] /ˈɛdʒˌwaɪz/
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] /ˈɛdʒˌweɪz/ (Show IPA)
Origin of edgewise
1560-70; edge + -wise Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These show best when a piece of the leaf broken off is looked at edgewise.

    Through a Microscope Samuel Wells
  • Little Ray was on his feet, trying to get a word in edgewise, but not succeeding at all.

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

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • Zoséphine looked up to his face from the little foot that edgewise was writing nothings in the dust.

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

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • 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
Word Origin and History for edgewise

see edgeways.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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