put off stride

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put somebody off their stride

  (British, American & Australian) also put somebody off their stroke (British & Australian)
to take someone's attention away from what they are doing so they are not able to do it well She was making funny faces at me, trying to put me off my stroke. When I'm playing chess, the slightest noise can put me off my stride.
See also: off, put, stride