bestrode


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be·stride

 (bĭ-strīd′)
tr.v. be·strode (-strōd′), be·strid·den (-strĭd′n), be·strid·ing, be·strides
1. To sit or stand on with the legs astride; straddle.
2. To dominate by position; tower over: "Hitler's ghost, the specter that ... bestrides mid-twentieth-century history" (Economist).
3. Archaic To step or stride across.

[Middle English bistriden, from Old English bestrīdan : be-, be- + strīdan, to mount a horse; see stride.]
References in classic literature ?
He bestrode it as a lion in the pride of strength, with shield and spear before him and a cry of battle on his lips resolute to kill the first that should dare face him.
One, it happened, bestrode Tom's house, which looked still more retiring and apologetic beneath its immensity; and another giant stood just inside the corner of his garden, which was still not built upon and unchanged, except for a couple of advertisement boards, one recommending a two-and-sixpenny watch, and one a nerve restorer.
The sign was suspended from a common ale-house post, and represented the figure of a horseman, armed with sabre and pistols, and surmounted by a bear-skin cap, with a fiery animal that he bestrode “rampant.
An heroic media figure for more than four decades, Di bestrode the diverse worlds of politics, literature, food and fashion.
And there's no denying that each and every one of them bestrode, or bestrides, their sport in a way most of their competitors have never come close to.
While Blair bestrode the globe living the life of a political rock star, making millions from dodgy dictators, they have lived in limbo, tormented by questions- the main one being: "Did my child die for nothing?
With a High Court battle effectively seeing his family at war, and seven years after suffering a heart attack, the father of eight bestrode the Barclaycard Arena looking like he was having the time of his life.
The Englishman bestrode the world with supreme self-confidence.
Woods is a shadow of the former self which bestrode the historic links in 2005 and 2010 (finishing 19-under and 14-under respectively).
Before his reputation was trashed, Mosley bestrode Formula One as president of the FIA.
Whereas there was a time not long ago when writers such as John Updike, Saul Bellow and Norman Mailer would have bestrode the superpower, today the rankings feature the likes of Christina Aguilera and Justin Bieber's "talent manager".
sad ne Tw bu lad PIE divis stubbor d i PIERS MORGAN Brave, divisive, formidable, tough, stubborn, dominant and domineering, Margaret Thatcher bestrode the world like a political colossus.