break stride

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break stride (third-person singular simple present breaks stride, present participle breaking stride, simple past broke stride, past participle broken stride)

  1. To cease walking or running at the same gait, especially with the result of interrupting one's forward momentum.
    • 2011 January 22, Ian Hughes, “Arsenal 3 - 0 Wigan”, in BBC[1]:
      When the second goal came, it was a belter - Fabregas launching an inch-perfect ball over the top for Van Persie to volley in without breaking stride.