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stride

1 noun
     
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1

step

[countable] a long step you make while you are walking [↪ pace]:
Paco reached the door in only three strides.
2

improvement

[countable] an improvement in a situation or in the development of something
make great/major/giant etc strides
The government has made great strides in reducing poverty.
3

take something in your stride

British English take something in stride American English to not allow something to annoy, embarrass, or upset you:
When the boss asked Judy to stay late, she took it in stride.
4

get into your stride

British English hit your stride American English to start doing something confidently and well:
Once I get into my stride I can finish an essay in a few hours.
5

way of walking

[singular] the way you walk or run:
the runner's long, loping stride
6

break (your) stride

especially American English
a) to begin moving more slowly or to stop when you are running or walking
b) if you break your stride, or if someone or something breaks it, you are prevented from continuing in what you are doing:
Collins dealt with the reporters' questions without breaking stride.
7

put somebody off their stride

especially British English knock/throw/keep somebody off stride American English to make someone unable to do something effectively, by not allowing them to give all their attention to it:
Shea's testimony threw the defense off stride.
8

(match somebody) stride for stride

to manage to be just as fast, strong, skilled etc as someone else, even if they keep making it harder for you

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