to hit your stride

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hit your stride

"to hit your stride"

to attain a maximum level of competence through familiarity and confidence


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hit your stride

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Impressive. You have had three promotions in two years.

Colleague 2: Thanks. I was a little unsure of myself after university when I first started here but after a couple of years, I really started to understand the expectations and how I could contribute and have been excelling ever since.

Colleague 1: Well, you have certainly hit your stride.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hit your stride

A couple are talking ...

Wife: You have been working out here in the garage for a couple of hours already and it does not look as though you have accomplished much.

Husband: There is so much stuff to organize that it has taken me this long to understand how it is even possible to fit everything in here in an organized and accessible manner. I have a plan now and should have everything squared away soon. I am just about to hit my stride.

Wife: I certainly hope you get it all figured out quickly. We need this done. My parents are coming for a visit this afternoon.

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to hit your stride - Gerund Form:

Hitting her stride with giving her presentation, she captivated the audience with her skill.

to hit your stride - Examples:

1)  We've hit our stride as far as firing on all cylinders.

2)  A "challenged" student as a child, he hit his stride while at McGill. He was accepted into Harvard Business School before he had finished.

3)  He started to hit his stride recently. He showed signs of being a capable NHL player.

4)  Unfortunately we hit our stride too late. We played our best ball when it didn't matter anymore.

5)  This is an niche industry that has barely... just barely begun to hit its stride.

6)  The time is now for the Patriots to hit their stride, to begin truly building toward something bigger. 

7)  As they head into their second year, however, the couple has hit their stride. They revel in their small farm and their new found skills as farmers.

8)  It was during these years that Leonardo hit his stride, reaching new heights of scientific and artistic achievement.

9)  ... that means getting extra creative with her attire. This past weekend she hit her stride in four amazing, holiday-themed get-ups. 

10)  ... age 45 and a human-rights activist before she became famous, has hit her stride as both an advocate and not-for-profit co-founder.

11)  They hit their stride midsummer, winning three races to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

12)  ... been another technology that has been really interesting, but has yet to hit its stride. Prices will have to come down remarkably.

13)  Each came off stronger and tighter than the last as the band hit its stride, with Haines' vocals seamlessly flowing from wispy and dreamy to bright and poppy.

14)  ... difficult early on in the season as no one has really clicked and hit their stride

15)  ... waited until we'd regained our title winning form, or at least hit our stride properly before giving a struggling side something else to worry about?

16)  In terms of promotion, our marketing campaigns tend to hit their stride in the three months leading up to a show.

17)  The evening really hit its stride as orchestra, choir, soloists and audience raised the roof with ...

18)  ... having apparently hit their stride with a four-match winning run.

19)  The fellas have really hit their stride as of late and are slowing becoming one of the better shows around.

20)  Hopefully after a few more games we'll hit our stride a bit more and start winning these games.