put (someone) off his/her stride

idiom

Definition of put (someone) off his/her stride

chiefly British
: to cause (someone) to be unable to continue walking or running steadily
  • Another runner bumped into him and put him off his stride.
often used figuratively
  • He was working steadily until an interruption put him off his stride.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest

her play
  1. : of or relating to her or herself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action — compare 1she

  1. : objective case of she

stride play
  1. : to stand astride

  2. : to move with or as if with long steps

  3. : to take a very long step

  1. : a cycle of locomotor movements (as of a horse) completed when the feet regain the initial relative positions

  2. : the most effective natural pace : maximum competence or capability

  3. : a long step


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