hit (one's) stride

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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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hit (one's) stride

1. To achieve a steady, effective pace.
2. To attain a maximum level of competence.
See also: hit, stride
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The Bulldogs were in dire need of a win to finish the first half of the season on a positive note when Salem finally hit his stride.
The Reds are looking for more firepower up front this month, following Daniel Sturridge's injury and Mario Balotelli failing to hit his stride, and now talks are underway with two targets, Metro reported.
Gagne, 32, had five assists in 11 games with the Kings this season, but never really hit his stride after suffering an injury during the 2011-12 Stanley Cup championship season for Los Angeles.
As a novelist, he hit his stride with his second work, Beautiful Losers, which one critic called "the most revolting book ever written in Canada" and many others, myself included, found to be breathtakingly beautiful, a rich and strange tapestry of sex and salvation.
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The Serbian-born Austrian opened with a 12-dart leg on the way to taking the first set 3-0, but van Gerwen hit his stride and began to score heavily to take the next 3-0.
A year-round runner, Doherty Munro really hit his stride during the indoor season for Hudson.
"I played really well and the support was awesome, and I hope that continues next week." Murray, who would be first British Slam winner in 73 years, produced some magical tennis as he finally hit his stride. The fourth seed came up with every shot in the book in a bewitching display as his Austrian opponent collapsed from a close first set to lose in straight sets.
As the youngest, Kristoffer Sakurai, making his debut, started raggedly but soon hit his stride, performing the controlled jumps and rapid batterie with modest insouciance, his acting textured with youthful impulse.
By the time he finishes up with a scathing overview of Chrysler's Liberty advanced engineering unit, the PNGV program, and the futility of hybrids (illustrated by a simple comparison of Toyota's conventionally powered Echo and the Prius hybrid), he's hit his stride. His limited insider's view of the proceedings are at times hilarious, but most often frustrating as they describe situations that are silly if not downright stupid.
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Having got the explicitness of both world war and Christianity out of his system, Beckmann hit his stride with a single work, The Night, 1918-19.
Tucci has hit his stride in recent months, jetting around the country to ink deals with Steve Ballmer of Microsoft and John Chambers of Cisco.
But he hit his stride writing biographies, particularly accounts of contemporaries whom he knew personally.
Tsui and Woo are still hobbled by their ties to '70s tastes; but once To hit his stride in the mid-'90s, he could easily compete with the sleek look of Japanese and Korean films.