break (one's) stride

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break (one's) stride

To cease moving one's legs at a certain rhythm or pace. I had to break my stride to avoid the big branch in the middle of the path.
See also: break, stride

break one's stride

to deviate from a rhythmic stride while walking, running, or marching. After I broke my stride, I never could pick up enough speed to win the race.
See also: break, stride
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NEWCASTLE Falcons are mak-king no attempt to brush the significance of tomorrow's trip to London Irish under the carpet but, having finally found some form, they are not allowing the magnitude of the occasion to break their stride.
Yet the refusal of the Arabs, and especially of Saudi Arabia, to distinguish between the regimes of Khamenei and Assad, and their insistence on considering them both to represent a single entity waging a battle to preserve the sectarian Syrian regime in the face of its people, has led the Americans to break their stride.
Chicago may have found their midseason groove, but Houston is one team that could break their stride.
And it is to Grant's side's credit that they did not let the penalty claim break their stride.
A couple throw me a curious sideways glance but none of them so much as break their stride, let alone stop to hear what I have to say.