Be stride

bestride

[bih-strahyd]
verb (used with object), bestrode or bestrid, bestridden or bestrid, bestriding.
1.
to get or be astride of; have or place the legs on both sides of.
2.
to step over or across with long strides.
3.
to stand or tower over; dominate.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English bestriden, Old English bestrīdan. See be-, stride

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bestride (bɪˈstraɪd)
 
vb , archaic archaic -strides, -striding, -strode, -strid, -stridden, -strid
1.  to have or put a leg on either side of
2.  to extend across; span
3.  to stride over or across

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bestride
O.E. bestridan "to bestride, mount," from be- + stridan "to stride" (see stride).
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