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follow (someone or something) in stride

To follow the direction, lead, or guidance (of someone or something); to act in accordance (with someone or something); to follow suit. I hope your little sister doesn't follow your bad behavior in stride. If you can develop a really strong social presence for your company, then your sales will follow in stride. I really hope the new president doesn't follow his predecessor in stride.
See also: follow, stride

make a wide stride

To make great and rapid progress or advancement. The one-time political advisor has been making a wide stride toward absolute control of the country. We've made a wide stride in our commitment to getting the economy back on its feet, but we still have a long road ahead.
See also: make, stride, wide

get into (one's) stride

To become comfortable with something. It took a few weeks, but I think I've finally gotten into my stride at my new job. I know that Rob has been struggling a bit since he joined the team, but I'm confident that he'll get into his stride soon enough.
See also: get, stride

in stride

Without becoming upset or disheartened. Typically used in the phrase "take (something) in stride." I'm glad to see that you've taken my constructive criticism in stride, Stu—I know that working on those areas of your game will make you a better player.
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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

put (one) off (one's) stride

To disturb, distract from, or interfere with what someone is doing, such that they are unable to do it well. It really put me off my stride to have my parents watching while I worked on my painting. The boxer tried to put his opponent off his stride by getting in his face right before the fight.
See also: off, put, stride

hit (one's) stride

1. To start traveling at a consistent pace. We started out slow but then hit our stride as we continued through the park.
2. To become proficient in a particular area. Once you hit your stride at your new job, I'm sure your boss will be very impressed with you.
See also: hit, 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

get into one's stride

1. Lit. [for a runner] to reach a comfortable and efficient pace. I got into my stride right away, and that helped win the race. She never got into her stride, and that's why she lost.
2. Fig. to reach one's most efficient and productive rate of doing something. When I get into my stride, I'll be more efficient. Amy will be more efficient when she gets into her stride.
See also: get, stride

put one off one's stride

1. Lit. to cause one to deviate from a rhythmic stride while walking, running, or marching. A rabbit ran across the path and put me off my stride.
2. Fig. to interfere with one's normal and natural progress or rate of progress. Your startling comments put Larry off his stride for a moment. He was put off his stride by an interruption from the audience.
See also: off, one, put, stride

reach one's stride

 and hit one's stride
to do something at one's best level of ability. When I reach my stride, things will go faster, and I'll be more efficient. Now that I've hit my stride, I can work more efficiently.
See also: reach, stride

stride in(to some place)

to walk with long steps into some place. Jeff strode into the restaurant and demanded the best table. He strode in and ordered roast chicken.
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stride out of

some place to walk with long steps out of some place. The angry customer strode out of the shop without purchasing anything. We strode out of the restaurant, pledging never to go there again.
See also: of, out, stride

take something in (one's) stride

Fig. to accept advances or setbacks as the normal course of events. She faced a serious problem, but she was able to take it in her stride. I'll just take it in stride. We were afraid that success would spoil her, but she just took it in stride.
See also: stride, take

hit one's stride

1. Achieve a steady, effective pace, as in After the first few laps around the track he hit his stride. This expression comes from horse racing, stride alluding to the regular pace of the horse. [Early 1900s]
2. Attain a maximum level of competence, as in Jack didn't really hit his stride until he started college. [First half of 1900s]
See also: hit, stride

make great strides

Advance considerably, make good progress, as in He made great strides in his study of Latin. Since its earliest recorded use in 1600, this expression has taken a number of forms- make a wide stride, take strides, make rapid strides. All of them transfer a long walking step to other kinds of progress.
See also: great, make, stride

put one off one's stride

Also, put one off one's stroke. Interfere with one's progress, distract or disturb one, as in The interruption put her off her stride for a moment, and she took several seconds to resume her train of thought , or The noise of the airplanes overhead put her off her stroke, and she missed the next ball . The first term, first recorded in 1946, alludes to the regular pace of a walker or runner; the variant, first recorded in 1914, alludes to the regular strokes of a rower. Also see throw off the track.
See also: off, one, put, stride

take in stride

Accept something as a matter of course, not allow something to interrupt or disturb one's routine. For example, There were bound to be setbacks but Jack took them in stride. This idiom alludes to a horse clearing an obstacle without checking its stride. [c. 1900]
See also: stride, take

get into your stride


hit your stride

COMMON If you get into your stride or hit your stride, you start to do something well and confidently, after being slower or less certain at the beginning. The Government is getting into its stride and seems, for the moment, to be fulfilling its promises. He's still learning but when he hits his stride, he'll be unstoppable.
See also: get, stride

put someone off their stride

If something puts you off your stride, it stops you from concentrating on what you are doing, so that you do not do it as well as usual. It was clearly a tactic designed to put his opponent off his stride. Note: The verbs knock and throw are sometimes used instead of put. Perhaps a few jokes during the game will knock Chris off his stride. Compare with put someone off their stroke.
See also: off, put, stride

take something in your stride


take something in stride

COMMON If you are in a difficult situation and you take it in your stride, you deal with it calmly and successfully. `How does Rayner cope with the stresses of the job?' — `He seems to take it all his stride.' Christie is always having to give talks to huge groups of people — she takes such things in her stride. Across the country, many people took yesterday's events in stride, while remaining generally uneasy about the stock market in general.
See also: something, stride, take

take something in your stride

deal with something difficult or unpleasant in a calm and competent way.
See also: something, stride, take

without breaking ˈstride

(especially American English) without stopping what you are doing: The police officers looked at him as they passed, but walked on without breaking stride.
See also: breaking, stride, without

get into your ˈstride

(British English) (American English hit (your) ˈstride) begin to do something with confidence and at a good speed after a slow, uncertain start: She found the job difficult at first, but now she’s got into her stride and she loves it.
See also: get, stride

put somebody off their ˈstride/ˈstroke

make somebody take their attention off what they are doing and stop doing it so well: All sorts of things can put a player off his stroke.
See also: off, put, somebody, stride, stroke

(match somebody) ˌstride for ˈstride

keep doing something as well as somebody else, even though they keep making it harder for you: We’ve managed to match our closest competitors stride for stride as regards prices.
See also: stride

take something in your ˈstride

(British English) (American English take something in ˈstride) accept and deal with something difficult without worrying about it too much: Joey was upset when we moved house, but Ben seems to have taken it all in his stride.
See also: something, stride, take

make great, rapid, etc. ˈstrides (in something/in doing something)

improve quickly or make fast progress (in something/in doing something): Ann’s made huge strides in her piano-playing.Tom has made enormous strides at school this year.
See also: make, stride

hit (one's) stride

1. To achieve a steady, effective pace.
2. To attain a maximum level of competence.
See also: hit, stride

take in stride

To cope with calmly, without interrupting one's normal routine: taking their newfound wealth in stride.
See also: stride, take
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