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to get or be astride of; have or place the legs on both sides of.
to step over or across with long strides.
to stand or tower over; dominate.
Contemporary Examples

Peter Matthiessen Was One of the Greatest Writers of a Great Generation Malcolm Jones April 6, 2014
The Deaths You Missed This Year Malcolm Jones, Jimmy So, Michael Moynihan, Caitlin Dickson December 29, 2013
Tony Blair May Be Planning a Political Comeback but in What Role It’s Hard to Imagine Peter Popham May 4, 2012

Historical Examples

Boscobel: or, the royal oak William Harrison Ainsworth
Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
Dick Merriwell Abroad Burt L. Standish
Nicanor – Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
The History of Margaret Catchpole Richard Cobbold
The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 367, May 1846 Various

verb (transitive) -strides, -striding, -strode (archaic) -strid, -stridden, (archaic) -strid
to have or put a leg on either side of
to extend across; span
to stride over or across


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