hit one's stride
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Achieve a steady, effective pace, as in After the first few laps around the track he hit his stride. This expression comes from horse racing, stride alluding to the regular pace of the horse. [Early 1900s]
Attain a maximum level of competence, as in Jack didn't really hit his stride until he started college. [First half of 1900s]
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