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'hit the stride'

Posted by Smokey Stover on October 05, 2006

In Reply to: 'hit the stride' posted by ESC on October 05, 2006

: : What does 'hit the stride' mean?

: Do you mean "hit your stride"?

: A person is going for a walk and at first there are "kinks" and the pace is slow. But the more he or she walks, the body limbers up and the walker is easier, more efficient.

: From Merriam-Webster online: Stride: b : the most effective natural pace : maximum competence or capability -- often used in the phrase hit one's stride

: Examples: She didn't really hit her stride until she was 40 years old. I didn't hit my stride until I'd been working on the project six months.

"Hit one's stride" is synonymous with "Reach one's stride."