Idioms: Get a Word in Edgeways/Edgewise

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Get a word in edgeways/edgewise: Getting to speak in a conversation in which the others are leaving little space to do so.

Marie was talking so much I could barely get a word in edgewise.

This is a 19th century expression that originated in the UK. “Edgeways/edgewise” means “proceeding edge first.” The expression suggests that the person trying to speak is “edging forward” into the conversation, as one would moving through a large crowd.

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