One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1To cross over or traverse by striding; (occasionally) to trample down by striding.
2with object Chiefly literary. To stride past or beyond; (figurative) to go beyond, to exceed.
3no object To take longer strides than is natural, usual, or advisable.
Middle English; earliest use found in Trinity Cambridge Manuscript. From over- + stride.
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