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get a word in edgewise and get a word in edgeways

Fig. to manage to say something when other people are talking and ignoring you. (Often in the negative. Alludes to trying to "squeeze" a word into a running conversation.) It was such an exciting conversation that I could hardly get a word in edgewise. Mary talks so fast that nobody can get a word in edgeways.
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get a word in edgewise

to find an opportunity to say something Harold talked so much that nobody else could get a word in edgewise.
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get a word in edgeways

  (British, American & Australian informal) also get a word in edgewise (American informal)
if you can't get a word in edgeways, you do not have an opportunity to say anything because someone is talking so much or so quickly Roz was talking so much that nobody else could get a word in edgeways.
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get a word in edgewise

Also, get a word in edgeways. Insert oneself into a conversation or express one's opinion despite competition from other speakers. For example, So many people had questions for the lecturer that it was hard to get a word in edgewise, or Nancy loves to talk, and I couldn't get a word in edgeways. This idiom, often put in the negative, transfers an object with its edge foremost to inserting conversation. [Late 1700s]
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I'm surprised she ever got a word in edgeways in the first place.
I've had some advice from my mam - "Let him get a word in edgeways, don't tell him you were on Take Me Out and don't wear one of those tiny hats
He couldn't get a word in edgeways and, eventually, in exasperation, moved on to another questioner.
Now if he would just let them get a word in edgeways once in a while.
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We caught up with the unlikely trio of Jack Black, Billy Connolly and James Corden to chat about their roles in the film - or at least try to get a word in edgeways.
His sparring partners in chambers - who sometimes got a word in edgeways - included Guthrie Featherstone (Peter Bowles), Phyllida Trant (Patricia Hodge), Claude Erskine-Brown (Julian Curry), George Frobisher (Moray Watson) and Justice Bullingham (Bill Fraser).
By then, we're good friends with the eponymous everyman, whose larger than life personality leaves very little room for the other characters to get a word in edgeways.
But Pete - or even Jonathan - could barely get a word in edgeways as Nikki rabbited on.
Including two part-timers, the track's main office is run by a team of eight, all female, leaving groundsman Jeff Green with either the best job in the world, or no chance to get a word in edgeways, whichever way you look at it - and he's not saying.
She's a highly-competent presenter but she can't get a word in edgeways.
Unfortunately, the interview never made it into print because poor David could not get a word in edgeways.
At 30 paces she could slice a playing card held edgeways.
I missed Gary's beautiful singing voice and a repeat of the poignant, self-penned song he came out with last year, but then it's hard to get a note in edgeways with crooners Jane McDonald (The Enchantress, arriving by star) and Duncan James (a dashing Jack) on board.
And it will, if Blanchett lets it get a word in edgeways.