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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 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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Birnie, A comparative in vitro study of the frictional characteristics of two types of self-ligating brackets and two types of pre-adjusted edgewise brackets tied with elastomeric ligatures, Eur J Orthod, 20(5),589-596(1998).
There was a significant difference in both edgewise and flatwise bending MOE and MOR, between MPB and control SPF LVL.
Some of those who prefer direct contact deal with these calls as formal written correspondences which they begin as follows: eIuTo our great literary figure, our heartfelt greetings to your venerable self and to your familyeI[logical not]etceIN without giving you a chance to put in a single word edgewise.
Property Units Modulus of elasticity flatwise MOE GPa Modulus of elasticity edgewise MOE GPa Modulus of rupture flatwise MOR MPa Modulus of rupture edgewise MOR MPa Density kg/[m.
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A comparison of frictional forces during simulated canine retraction of a continuous edgewise arch wire.
Among the working group topics addressed were terminology, accelerated aging, optical properties, precision, microbiological methods, fracture toughness, fiber properties, edgewise crush resistance, dirt and shives, compressive strength, tensile properties, chemical analysis, grease resistance, and picking resistance.
They go to meetings and can't get a word in edgewise, or can't make sense of a discussion that has no priorities, no clarity, and doesn't connect the dots in ways that they can hear.
What us mass transit advocates did - when we were allowed to get a word in edgewise - was urge the NIMBYs to actually be for something and try to come up with real ways to get the mass transit the Valley so desperately needs.
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What it was was a board resting on a potato crate at one end and two bricks lying edgewise on a turned-over wash-tub on the other end.
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The prototype restraint device utilizes edgewise restraint pressure to hold each course of lumber together as a rigid slab during drying.
SPRINGFIELD - Throw a bunch of rambunctious teenagers into a room together and normally you can't get a word in edgewise.