Meaning of “put sb off their stride/stroke” in the English Dictionary

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"put sb off their stride/stroke" in British English

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put sb off their stride/stroke

mainly UK

to take someone's attention away from something they are doing for a short time, making it more difficult to do:

The slightest noise puts him off his stride when he's performing.

(Definition of “put sb off their stride/stroke” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)