Definition of bestride in English:



  • 1with object Stand astride over; straddle.

    ‘he bestrode me, defending my prone body’
    figurative ‘creatures that bestride the dividing line between amphibians and reptiles’
    • ‘A long time and often colourful member of the Gallery, he was instantly recognisable with his shaved head and riding leathers bestriding Parliament's corridors, usually with a cigarette in his mouth.’
    • ‘He was in the impossible position of he who bestrides a tiger and is uncertain whether he should dismount, a deeply unhappy man.’
    • ‘The word meant that our feet were opposite - opposed, that is, to those who triumphantly bestrode the world because they had the good fortune to be born in the northern hemisphere, where the maps were made.’
    • ‘Next to them, he is George Washington bestride the cherry tree.’
    • ‘One of them was tackled and, once on the ground, cuffed by an officer who bestrode him.’
    • ‘The second movement bestrode the narrow line between too-slow and just-slow-enough, and when the orchestra tuttis intervened I found myself longing for the return of that sheeny sound again.’
    • ‘Scots may want to come over all Runrig bestriding mighty crags, but they are really Arab Straps, moaning about damp and impotence in provincial housing schemes.’
    • ‘Most of all when she insists on getting off her gear and putting on her Japanese lover's trousers before bestriding him - a strange perversion.’
    • ‘Today those Martian aliens, in simulacrum, are bestriding the planet in the unlovely guise of wind turbines.’
    • ‘In this age of virtual reality, audiences expect to be impressed and they were not disappointed, especially when the Beast's two robots with their creaks and clanks timed to perfection, bestrode the stage.’
    • ‘‘My job is to make uncool things seem cool,’ he says, his foot up on a kitchen chair, like a rock star bestriding a monitor.’
    • ‘Wearing embroidered palikari vest, puffy-sleeved poukamiso, and pleated foustanella shirt, my grandfather bestrides the gangway.’
    • ‘Not since the mighty man bestrode the oche had Scotland threatened to furnish such an unlikely sporting hero.’
    straddle, bestraddle, sit astride, stand astride
    extend across, straddle, lie on both sides of
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    1. 1.1 Sit astride on.
      ‘he bestrode his horse with the easy grace of a born horseman’
      • ‘You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden.’
      • ‘Many of these men were to die, bringing a grief which bestrode the town all that summer and autumn, and which is still remembered today.’
  • 2Dominate.

    ‘he bestrides Alberta politics today’
    • ‘What most people don't know is that after World War I, and particularly in Austria where the Hapsburg empire had bestrode Europe like a colossus, things were very, very tough.’
    • ‘He has bestrode morning television like an unnaturally tall colossus for almost a decade, and has a wealth of knowledge across every conceivable discipline at his fingertips.’
    • ‘In 1913 Scottish shipbuilding bestrode the world.’
    • ‘If all this busy-ness meant we bestrode the world economic stage like a colossus, then it just might be worth it.’
    • ‘Not that he was a formidable figure bestriding the political scene like a colossus.’
    • ‘And in their day, they bestrode the pop charts like two Antipodean colossi.’
    • ‘For a century, they bestrode court and country, privy to the innermost controversy.’
    • ‘Skinheads bestrode our little world like colossi.’
    • ‘When the chips and the toilet seats are down, alpha males still bestride the political stage.’
    • ‘Where I see a politician bestriding the British political scene, he sees a lonely figure, in constant danger of a painstaking alliance fracturing apart.’
    • ‘The party that once bestrode British politics like a colossus has arrived on the Lancashire coast in timid, uncertain mood.’
    • ‘Back in the 1960s and early 1970s before his demons wrestled him to the ground, like no other do-or-die, hack-tackling from behind defender could ever manage, he bestrode the world of football.’
    • ‘He may not be a political colossus but he bestrides Scotland with an absolute and unchallenged power.’
    • ‘Even by 1989, when he took his first Shadow Cabinet position, the union block vote still determined party conference decisions and the general secretaries bestrode the party like colossi.’
    • ‘He moved on to the national stage, bestrode it, and then let his talents run away into the sands of Liberal Unionism and Tariff Reform.’
    • ‘He bestrode the worlds of scientific research and education with a zeal that even death could not vanquish.’
    • ‘It's pointing to as close a finish as that nerve-shredding middle-distance rivalry between the two men when they bestrode the athletics world.’
    • ‘In the two decades in which he bestrode the sport in this country, he claimed much of the credit for the success of British athletics, often behaving as if it were his fiefdom.’
    • ‘The kind of small-town hostility to European monarchies comically depicted by Mark Twain then bestrode the world stage.’
    • ‘Not since Rome has a single power enjoyed such superiority - but the Roman colossus only bestrode one part of the world.’
    dominate, tower over, be the most important person in
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Old English bestrīdan (see be-, stride).