hit our stride


verb (used without object), strode, stridden [strid-n] , striding.
to walk with long steps, as with vigor, haste, impatience, or arrogance.
to take a long step: to stride across a puddle.
to straddle.
verb (used with object), strode, stridden [strid-n] , striding.
to walk with long steps along, on, through, over, etc.: to stride the deck.
to pass over or across in one long step: to stride a ditch.
to straddle.
a striding manner or a striding gait.
a long step in walking.
(in animal locomotion) the act of progressive movement completed when all the feet are returned to the same relative position as at the beginning.
the distance covered by such a movement: He was walking a stride or two ahead of the others.
a regular or steady course, pace, etc.
a step forward in development or progress: rapid strides in mastering algebra.
hit one's stride,
to achieve a regular or steady pace or course.
to reach the point or level at which one functions most competently and consistently: The quarterback didn't hit his stride until the second half of the game.
strides, (used with a plural verb) Australian Informal. trousers.
take in stride, to deal with calmly; cope with successfully: She was able to take her sudden rise to fame in stride.

before 900; (v.) Middle English striden, Old English strīdan; cognate with Dutch strijden, Low German strīden to stride; (noun) Middle English stride, derivative of the v.; akin to straddle

strider, noun
stridingly, adverb
outstride, verb (used with object), outstrode, outstridden, outstriding.

12. advance, progress, headway, improvement.
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stride (straɪd)
1.  a long step or pace
2.  the space measured by such a step
3.  a striding gait
4.  an act of forward movement by an animal, completed when the legs have returned to their initial relative positions
5.  progress or development (esp in the phrase make rapid strides)
6.  a regular pace or rate of progress: to get into one's stride; to be put off one's stride
7.  rowing the distance covered between strokes
8.  jazz Also called: stride piano a piano style characterized by single bass notes on the first and third beats and chords on the second and fourth
9.  informal chiefly (Austral) (plural) men's trousers
10.  take something in one's stride to do something without difficulty or effort
vb (often foll by over, across, etc) , strides, striding, strode, stridden
11.  (intr) to walk with long regular or measured paces, as in haste, etc
12.  (tr) to cover or traverse by striding: he strode thirty miles
13.  to cross (over a space, obstacle, etc) with a stride
14.  (intr) rowing to achieve the desired rhythm in a racing shell
[Old English strīdan; related to Old High German strītan to quarrel; see straddle]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. stridan "to straddle," from P.Gmc. *stridanan (cf. M.L.G. strede "stride," Du. strijd, O.H.G. strit, Ger. Streit "fight, contention, combat," O.N. striðr "strong, hard, stubborn, severe"), from base *strid- "to strive, make a strong effort." Meaning "to walk with long or extended steps" is from
c.1200. Cognate words in most Gmc. languages mean "to fight, struggle;" the notion behind the Eng. usage might be the effort involved in making long strides, striving forward. The noun was in O.E.; fig. meaning of make strides "make progress" is from 1600. To take (something) in stride (1832), i.e. "without change of gait" is originally of horses leaping hedges in the hunting-field; fig. sense attested from 1902. Jazz music stride tempo is attested from 1938.
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