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A WORD IN EDGEWISE ORIGIN

Tuesday June 29th, 2010
A WORD IN EDGEWISE
The phrase meaning being in a conversation with someone who won’t stop speaking and therefore making it virtually impossible to reply has its origins in the nautical term for proceeding edge first or tacking. This results in a slow advance only a short distance at a time. The phrase is known to date back at least to 1724.
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