One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually with negative Contribute to a conversation with difficulty because the other speaker talks almost without pause.‘give him a bit of limelight and away he goes—no one else can get a word in edgeways’
- ‘This came as no surprise to me, for it's difficult to get a word in edgeways with the mother.’
- ‘You couldn't get a word in edgewise with the Brits post-game, and rest assured they raised a little heck later that night in our springing town.’
- ‘You know there are times he would like to get a word in edgewise if he just could.’
- ‘When I could finally get a word in edgewise, I told her, through clenched teeth, that we had just discussed my age and that I was certainly sufficiently seasoned to live my own life and make my own decisions.’
- ‘I find him in the entrance hall, trying to get a word in edgeways during a lengthy mobile-phone conversation.’
- ‘They might have to break this group into two discussion sessions, if I'm to get a word in edgewise.’
- ‘After about an hour or two's earful of this, without being able to get a word in edgewise, we started talking over him.’
- ‘Right now, though, they're not getting a word in edgeways.’
- ‘The thing is, in my mind, to be good at science communication you have to not only be good at speaking but listening too, and he rarely let anyone get a word in edgewise.’
- ‘After interviewing their group at the trail head for a few minutes I could not get a word in edgewise as they began to tell me of their crazy antics.’
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