not get a word in edgeways

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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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not get a word in edgeways

BRITISH or

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.
See also: edgeways, get, not, word
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All I wanted was to listen to him talk about his work but I couldn't get a word in edgeways as he fired off football questions.
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I was a good ten yards from her when she commenced, and for the next fifteen minutes I couldn't get a word in edgeways. She finished up by telling me that I was Brigham Young and Henry the Eighth and the Sultan of Turkey rolled into one.
Yakoob said: "The girls were far more stressful because in (the boys') team I couldn't get a word in edgeways - but at least you didn't lose your voice over it.
The panel was me, Sam and Ian Rush and us two Merseyside old boys couldn't get a word in edgeways with Sam in full flow.
You couldn't get a word in edgeways, she was proper on a rant."
He couldn't get a word in edgeways and, eventually, in exasperation, moved on to another questioner.
They were hopping out of their seats and we couldn't get a word in edgeways because they had so many ideas and experiences of their own to share."
After being introduced to Lilith Wigglesworth he couldn't get a word in edgeways.
Waving to passengers, Joan shouted: "We're off to Vegas for a great time!" Vera said: "It'll be a super video." Jack, of course, couldn't get a word in edgeways.
Lau said: "Natalie and Uzma were just at each other and I couldn't get a word in edgeways - it got to a point where they were just shouting and shouting at each other.
"Louis couldn't get a word in edgeways and went redder and redder." Gillian, famous for publicly analysing fat people's pooh on her show You Are What You Eat, was eventually dragged away by I'm A Celebrity winner Kerry Katona.
It wasn't the most scintilating of conversations but Frank couldn't get a word in edgeways as Johnny rambled on.
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Kate Humble tried to say something too - but as usual she couldn't get a word in edgeways.
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