to get a word in edgewise

to succeed in expressing an opinion in a conversation, in spite of constant speech from another or others; as, he talked incessantly and I couldn't get a word in edgewise.

See also: Edgeways

References in classic literature ?
Poor Gilbert hardly had a chance to get a word in edgewise. Anne felt rather relieved when they parted.
It's not supposed to be a one-man show and senators are hoping to get a word in edgewise at the next hearing on the controversial antidengue vaccine after blue ribbon committee chair Sen.
It's hard to get a word in edgewise in this news climate, dominated as it is with the Senate Scandal and the ruling Conservative malfeasance, the RCMP investigations of Duffy and Wright and now the PMO, and, of course, the clown car that is the Ford Nation in Toronto.
The Apprentice (BBC1, 9pm) We can all heave a sigh of relief now that the extremely annoying Melissa has left the show, and maybe one of the other contestants will be able to get a word in edgewise. Tonight the teams have to choose a designer to back, before selling their line at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.