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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
get a word in (edgeways)
▪ He found that even if he could get a word in edgewise it was encircled and cut off right away.
▪ He told her it had not been easy to get a word in.
▪ No one else can get a word in edgeways.
▪ She barely got a word in.
▪ So did Jim, although he said they'd never get a word in if he came.
▪ Usually Aunt Sarah had a job to get a word in edge ways.
▪ A word is as much as you will get in edgeways.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Edgeways \Edge"ways\, Edgewise \Edge"wise\, adv. With the edge towards anything; in the direction of the edge.

to get a word in edgewise to succeed in expressing an opinion in a conversation, in spite of constant speech from another or others; as, he talked incessantly and I couldn't get a word in edgewise.

Note: the form edgeways is now uncommon.

Glad to get in a word, as they say, edgeways.
--Sir W. Scott.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also edge-ways, "with the edge turned forward or toward a particular point," 1560s, from edge (n.) + way (n.). First attested form of the word is edgewaie; the adverbial genitive -s appears by 1640s. Edgewise (1715) appears to be a variant, based on otherwise, etc. See edge (v.).\n\nAs if it were possible for any of us to slide in a word edgewise! [Mary Mitford, "Our Village," 1824].\n\nTo edge in a word in this sense is from 1680s.


adv. 1 With the edge facing in the direction of movement 2 With the edge uppermost

  1. adv. as if by an edge; barely; "I could not get a word in edgewise" [syn: edgewise]

  2. with the edge forward or on, by, or toward the edge; "he sawed the board edgeways"; "held it edgewise" [syn: edgewise]

Usage examples of "edgeways".

Rosie began to experience a queer feeling, like pins and needles, in her nose, and a bit of brick seemed to have stuck edgeways in her throat.

The Soldan seemed to comprehend him, for he undid the sort of veil which he had hitherto worn, laid it double along the edge of his sabre, extended the weapon edgeways in the air, and drawing it suddenly through the veil, although it hung on the blade entirely loose, severed that also into two parts, which floated to different sides of the tent, equally displaying the extreme temper and sharpness of the weapon, and the exquisite dexterity of him who used it.

I should have found it impossible to get in a word edgeways, even if I had wanted to, but I was very glad to let her expend her enthusiasm, and took good care not to interrupt her.

He could not judge the distance, and they flew edgeways to him, so as to conceal the broader aspect of their bulk.

Danstor made his apologies as soon as he could get a word in edgeways, and moved on.

Sandy was sitting at the dispatch desk, one hand cupped over his eyes, trying to get a word in edgeways, when Curtis Wilcox bopped in, dressed in his civvies and looking every inch the sport.

Franklin waited impatiently as the five-second commercial break cut in (all telephone calls were free, the length of the commercial extending with range-for long-distance calls the ratio of commercial to conversation was as high as 10: 1, the participants desperately trying to get a word in edgeways to the interminable interruptions), but just before it ended he abruptly put the telephone down, then removed the receiver from the cradle.

It was impossible to get a word in edgeways and Tell soon gave up trying.

I was still able to get a word in edgeways, though Tony could no longer hear me.

Finally, I was able to get a word in edgeways and I pulled the block out of my pocket and put it on the table.