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get a word in edgeways | edgewise

Meaning: If you can't get a word in edgeways, you can't say anything because someone else is talking so much.

For example:

  • Cindy got so excited when she was talking that nobody else could get a word in edgeways.

  • I'd go to the meetings more often if I could get a word in edgeways.

Note: The American form of this idiom is "to get a word in edgewise".

Quick Quiz:

Sam couldn't get a word in edgeways because Cindy was
  1. playing music
  2. listening too much
  3. talking too much

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