throw/knock (someone) off (his/her) stride

idiom

Definition of throw/knock (someone) off (his/her) stride

chiefly US
: to cause (someone) to be unable to continue walking or running steadily.
  • Another runner bumped into him and threw/knocked him off his stride.
often used figuratively
  • She was surprised and thrown off stride by the unexpected question.

Word by Word Definitions

throw play
  1. : to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm

  2. : to propel through the air in any manner

  3. : pitch

  1. : an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging

  2. : an act of throwing dice

  3. : the number thrown with a cast of dice

knock play
  1. : to strike something with a sharp blow

  2. : to collide with something

  3. : bustle

  1. : a sharp blow : rap, hit

  2. : a severe misfortune or hardship

  3. : setback, reversal

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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