break (one's) stride


: to pause or slow down in one's movement
She jogged straight across the road without breaking (her) stride.

Examples of break (one's) stride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just establish a rhythm, don’t break stride, and as those who fly kites must wait on the wind, stay patient. Jonathan Rowe, Spin, 19 Sep. 2023 Noonan kept walking toward Creedon at an even clip, not hurrying, taking care not to break stride. Colin Barrett, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 With Boston in a shift, Altuve failed to break stride and zoomed to third. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 21 Oct. 2021 The leading pass was delivered at such an angle and speed that the cutting Curry didn’t need to break stride. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Feb. 2021 The play was set up by Randolph’s 58-yard scamper on the prior snap. Montague came right back, with Collins hitting Smith on a 25-yard pass play up the middle and Smith didn’t need to break stride to get to the end zone. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, 22 Jan. 2021

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“Break (one's) stride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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