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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

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adv. 1 edgeways. 2 As if by an edge.

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

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


Edgewise is an hour-long television news magazine program that aired on MSNBC from 1996 to 1997. The show was hosted by John Hockenberry.

The show aired on Saturday evenings. In one notable episode with David Brinkley, the journalist was critical of President Bill Clinton. In July 1997, it was reported the show would be canceled. It ran until Labor Day of that year.

Edgewise (book)

Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller is a book by Chloe Griffin published in 2014. Published by Bbooks Verlag, Edgewise is an oral history of the actress and writer Cookie Mueller.

Usage examples of "edgewise".

Edgewise is traveling with his Wife, who, when she must, regards him with a Phiz that speaks of the great amounts of her time given over, in a philosophickal way, to classifying the numerous forms of human idiot, beyond the common or Blithering sort, with which all are familiar, the Bloody-Minded I.

Mark said, leaning back in his chair, having long since finished his meal by dint of not being able to get a word in edgewise.

I won't be able to get a word in edgewise until they calm down, and since neither of them really knows what they're talking about.

But listening to the boys was giving her a lot of new ideas, even if she hadn't been able to get a word in edgewise.

The crowd, chanting his name, would barely let him get a word in edgewise.

Did you stop spitting out smart remarks long enough for him to get a word in edgewise?

A couple of other staffers had wandered in, and everyone was trying to get a word in edgewise.

I just want to get a word in edgewise, John, and when I get that in, Id like to hear what Mr.

So now the writing reflected that, working on one level for the target audience but with sophisticated puns and observations delivered innocently, slipped in edgewise.