bestride

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bestride (third-person singular simple present bestrides, present participle bestriding, simple past bestrode, past participle bestrode or bestridden or bestrid)

  1. (transitive) To be astride something, to stand over or sit on with legs on either side, especially to sit on a horse.
  2. (figuratively) To dominate.
    • Circa 1599, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act I Scene II:
      Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world / Like a Colossus [] .

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