put (one) off (one's) stride

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put (one) off (one's) stride

To disturb, distract from, or interfere with what one 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.
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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.
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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

put someone off their stride

BRITISH
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.
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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.
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"Scotland threw the kitchen sink at us in the first half and it put us off our stride a bit and we could not get things going.
But no way will we let anyone put us off our stride. We want that trophy."
"They will try and put us off our stride, because obviously when we get into our stride, as we have shown over the last couple of years, we are a hard team to stop.
"There's bound to be a bit of a circus but it won't put us off our stride."
The risk of being caught again has put us off our stride and we don't know how we can face trying it again with her breathing down our necks.
Even the loss of Didi, Nando and Warnock (surely the number one left-back now) before the first half was over didn't put us off our stride, and the players who came on in their places did a superb job.
"I think the team was surprised at the opening exchanges and it put us off our stride a bit."
We all know that the crowd and the players will try to put us off our stride but we will just lap that up."
Even the loss of Didi Hamann, Nando Morientes and Stephen Warnock (surely the number one left-back) before the first half was over didn't put us off our stride.
"Maybe in the past we've been a little bit intimidated and Rangers have been able to put us off our stride. But, now we've gone 10 games unbeaten we are determined to keep that going no matter who or where we play.
'And I think we'll have enough wise old heads around to ensure that particular aspect doesn't put us off our stride.'