Meaning: have a chance to say something. Meaning and uses.
Rewrite 1: get a word in between syllables
Rewrite 2: shove a word in while you take a breath
Rewrite 3: work a word in here or there
Rewrite 4: it’s time you took an intermission so I can say something
Comment: The emphasis here should be on interrupting a non-stop speaker, assertively and politely if possible but aggressively if not.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• CISAB Animal Proverbs & Clichés: Animal Proverbs and Clichés from the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, Indiana University, USA
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