get word edgewise

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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