Get a Word in Edgewise

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Get a Word in Edgewise.

What does “get a word in edgewise” mean?
  • To have an opportunity to speak
  • To successfully interrupt a conversation in which someone else is talking nonstop
How to use “get a word in edgewise”?
  • This phrase is usually used with a negative (no, not, nobody, barely, etc.).
  • She talked so much that nobody can get a word in edgewise.

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Word of the Day:

Edgewise: sideways, sidewise; as if by an edge, barely