to get a word in edgewise

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - get a word in edgewise

"to get a word in edgewise"

to insert oneself into a conversation or express one's opinion despite competition from other speakers


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - get a word in edgewise

Two parents are talking ...

Mother:  Kathy got accepted to Harvard on a sports scholarship.

Father:  That's awesome. She must be excited. Were you able to ask her about where she will live and if she will work part-time and those other details we talked about?

Mother:  Kathy was talking so quickly and so excitedly that I could not get a word in edgewise.

Father:  We'll let the excitement subside and then have a proper conversation with her.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - get a word in edgewise

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The boss fired me.

Colleague 2:  I'm sorry to hear that. Were you able to explain your side of the story?

Colleague 1:  From the moment I walked into his office, he was yelling and screaming and then fired me as he threw me out of his office. I couldn't get a word in edgewise.

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to get a word in edgewise - Gerund Form:

Getting a word in edgewise when my grandfather is talking is difficult.

to get a word in edgewise - Examples:

1)  Why, the poor bugger could hardly get a word in edgewise and, by the end of it all, was literally reduced to silence.

2)  You won't be able to get a word in edgewise. You'll politely listen, nod your head and silently plot your escape.

3)  If you can't or won't let the interviewer get a word in edgewise, you are reducing the likelihood of getting the job.

4)  If you constantly dominate the conversation and he can barely get a word in edgewise, you'll both get bored and jet.

5)  ... you are so incorrigibly offensive and shouty that no-one else can get a word in edgewise.

6)  She can't get a word in edgewise -- feels very strongly like a prepared statement.

7)  ... a couple of occasions I had to cut him off to get a word in edgewise.

8)  Trying to get a word in edgewise in this irrational emotionalism is an exercise in futility.

9)  ... could barely keep up with her babble and I could not get a word in edgewise!

10)  After a couple of attempts to get a word in edgewise, I stopped talking because he wasn't listening; he was lecturing.

11)  ... interrupts you 82 times in one debate, hardly letting you get a word in edgewise, ...

12)  ... he gets excited he talks rapidly and it's difficult to get a word in edgewise

13)  ... it can be tough for introverts to get a word in edgewise, ...

14)  ... it seems everyone is talking at once. You can't get a word in edgewise; it's hard to have your voice heard.

15)  Whenever I've tried to get a word in edgewise because no one is letting me speak, I get castigated for "interrupting".

16)  ... yammer on at us about faith 24/7, we can't get a word in edgewise because somehow disagreeing with you is seen as insulting you.

17)  I went to see my boss. Before I could get a word in edgewise, he fired me.

18)  When she shut her trap long enough for me to get a word in edgewise, I told her she could stuff it where the sun don't shine.

19)  So understandably it can be hard to get a word in edgewise at times. But I enjoy sitting back and taking in the craziness.

20)  ... they probably talked a mile a minute and you had trouble getting a word in edgewise, but now a strange hush falls over the group when you are present.