bestride /bɪˈstrʌɪd/


I. verb

1. [with obj.] stand astride over; straddle

he bestrode me, defending my prone body

‹figurative› creatures that bestride the dividing line between amphibians and reptiles.

2. sit astride on

he bestrode his horse with the easy grace of a born horseman.
3. dominate

he bestrides Alberta politics today.
II. phrases

bestride something like a colossus
see colossus.
– origin Old English bestrīdan (see be-, stride).

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