bestride (v.) 1
stand over, protect, safeguard
1H4 V.i.122 [Falstaff to Prince Hal] if thou see me down in the battle and bestride me
2H4 I.i.207 [Morton to Northumberland, of the Archbishop] he doth bestride a bleeding land
2H6 V.iii.9 [Richard to York, of Salisbury] Three times today I holp him to his horse, / Three times bestrid him
CE V.i.192 [Antipholus of Ephesus to Duke] When I bestrid thee in the wars
Mac IV.iii.4 [Macduff to Malcolm] Let us ... / Bestride our down-fall birthdom

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