to get a word in edgewise

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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 .
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Usage

In literature:

It was a subject calculated to excite volubility, and Henry could not get in a word edgewise.
"Put Yourself in His Place" by Charles Reade
Say that I did nothing but talk about myself, and that when you wanted to talk about yourself you couldn't get in a word edgewise.
"The Kentons" by William Dean Howells
Would he ever be allowed to get in a word edgewise?
"Lady Merton, Colonist" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
At dinner she talked to him so animatedly (and so personally) that no one else could get a word in edgewise.
"The Vehement Flame" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
Little Ray was on his feet, trying to get a word in edgewise, but not succeeding at all.
"Stairway to the Stars" by Larry Shaw
But in a minute Aunt Tommy came in and she and Dick began to talk, and I just couldn't get a word in edgewise.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
There wasn't a chance to "get a word in edgewise" when once she was started upon a subject that interested her.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
I don't get a chance to squeeze a word in edgewise when you start jawin'.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman
Why, he wouldn't give you an opportunity to get in a word edgewise.
"Ahead of the Show" by Fred Thorpe
Don't make him feel that he can't get a word in edgewise and has to listen until you are out of breath.
"The Psychology of Salesmanship" by William Walker Atkinson
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