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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 edgeways

To speak or express one's opinion despite other people dominating the conversation (hence the image of squeezing words in "edgeways"—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 edgeways about my own weekend! The third-tier candidate couldn't get a word in edgeways 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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get a word in edgeways

contribute to a conversation with difficulty because the other speaker talks almost incessantly.
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(not) get a word in ˈedgeways

(British English) (American English (not) get a word in ˈedgewise) (informal) (usually used with can or could) (not) be able to say something, because somebody else is talking too much: I tried to tell him what I thought, but I couldn’t get a word in edgeways.
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Dimension and accuracy in slot size was less of a problem in edgewise brackets as complex wire bending was required for three-dimensional tooth movement.
For structural behavior, an increment in flap frequency is seen as a function of deflection whereas edgewise frequency seems to remain constant.
The intimate, sometimes conflicting impressions, observations, and recollections she gathered are collected in EDGEWISE. Griffin collages the conversations, allowing the many voices to complement, contradict, or ignore one another--a perfect tribute to a woman who, she writes, "was everything in a certain way."
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.
Initial effect of multiloop edgewise archwire on the mandibular dentition in Class III malocclusion subjects.
It doesn't take talent, just an endless stream of words that confuse, frustrate and antagonize customers who can't get a word in edgewise.
Creekmore and Radney [29] compared the treatment results obtained by the FR to those obtained with a standard edgewise treatment and extraoral traction.
He got so incensed by the question that he riled against the photographer, who was not able to get a word in edgewise.
It's hard to get a word in edgewise in this news climate, dominated as it is with the Senate Scandal and the ruling Conservative malfeasance, the RCMP investigations of Duffy and Wright and now the PMO, and, of course, the clown car that is the Ford Nation in Toronto.
I learned early on while living in Turkey that if I waited for the other person to finish speaking, I would never get a word in edgewise! In time, I figured out that if I waited to have my turn to speak and remained silent, Turks thought I had nothing to say.
Retraction of the six anterior teeth under the edgewise system is usually carried out in two distinct steps: canine retraction followed by incisor retraction.
One, she won't let you get a word in edgewise if you don't interrupt.
S.M.Fernand (author); APPALACHIAN CARNIVAL; Edgewise Publications (Fiction: Literary) 17.00 ISBN: 9780985807078
Edgewise in the thin, sunny air it shimmers and disappears long legs, long neck long beak.