The Alternative English Dictionary: able to get a word in edgewise

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able to get a word in edgewise
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Able to participate in the conversation; able to interrupt another person's monologue. If I'd been able to get a word in edgewise, I would have told him his pants were on fire.
  • Comparative form is possible but rare.
  • Sometimes used with edgeways instead of edgewise.
  • Often used in negative: not able to get a word in edgeways.

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