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able to get a word in edgewise

Able to speak despite other people dominating the conversation (hence the image of squeezing words in "edgewise"—sideways). Usually used in the negative. When Mary came up for air in her monologue, I was finally able to get a word in edgewise about my own weekend! The third-tier candidate wasn't able to get a word in edgewise at the debate.
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get a word in edgewise

To speak or express one's opinion despite other people dominating the conversation (hence the image of squeezing words in "edgewise"—sideways). Usually used in the negative to convey the opposite. When Mary paused in her monologue, I was finally able to get a word in edgewise about my own weekend! The third-tier candidate couldn't get a word in edgewise at the debate.
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not get a word in edgeways

To be unable to speak or make one's opinion known due to one or more people dominating the conversation. The third-tier candidate couldn't get a word in edgeways at the debate. I can never get a word in edgeways when Mary comes to the book club—she just never stops talking.
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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

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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not get a word in edgeways

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not get a word in edgewise

AMERICAN
If you cannot get a word in edgeways in a conversation, you find it difficult to say anything because someone else is talking so much. For heaven's sake, Sue, will you let me get a word in edgeways! Jamie dominated the conversation and Zhou could hardly get a word in edgewise.
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The intimate, sometimes conflicting impressions, observations, and recollections she gathered are collected in EDGEWISE.
Initial effect of multiloop edgewise archwire on the mandibular dentition in Class III malocclusion subjects.
O MOE e o MOR do teste de flexao estatica na posicao flatwise e na posicao edgewise foi determinado seguindo as recomendacoes da norma ASTM D 3043 metodo D.
Gianelly, Arena, and Bernstein [28] compared the effects of nonextraction treatment on Class II, Division 1 malocclusions using either edgewise mechanics and headgear, Begg mechanics with Class II elastics, or the FR.
Because the intrusion of the six anterior teeth occurs at the same time as their retraction, and because the canines and incisors are retracted as a unit, the K-SIR archwire shortens treatment time compared to conventional edgewise mechanics.
Edgewise in the thin, sunny air it shimmers and disappears long legs, long neck long beak.
And when I could get in a word edgewise, it was 'you don't need to talk to me that way.
Hoping to make some clean lucre to slake my hunger, I'm going to get a discussion in edgewise about a special category &words.
A subsequent second phase of upper and lower pre-adjusted edgewise fixed appliances were used on a non- extraction basis for definitive alignment, levelling and occlusal detailing.
Standard edgewise maxillary central incisor metal brackets (slot .
The likes of Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal had kept them completely away from Anna during his August agitation, thus giving those who would want to break up the movement a crack in the door edgewise.
Like an afterthought, in the last half hour of the "connect fest," some of the youth were able to get in a few words edgewise.
The Apprentice (BBC1, 9pm) We can all heave a sigh of relief now that the extremely annoying Melissa has left the show, and maybe one of the other contestants will be able to get a word in edgewise.
Vancil imperiously cuts off Wright's vain attempts to get in a word edgewise.
Plastic lids from the water jugs were gathered and set up edgewise to shooter and disposed of in short order with few misses.