break fall

break (one's) fall

To interrupt, prevent, or soften one's fall, either physically or figuratively. She stumbled off the balcony, but luckily, a hedge below her broke her fall. Be careful not to alienate your friends as you climb to the top of the company, because if things don't work out, you'll have no one there to break your fall.
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break someone's fall

to cushion a falling person; to lessen the impact of a falling person. When the little boy fell out of the window, the bushes broke his fall. The old lady slipped on the ice, but a snowbank broke her fall.
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We do have to take players' workload into consideration, and there are going to be times in top league teams where players suffer from some sort of physical and men tal fatigue, but I think it's a bit unfair if all the expectations to give the player a little bit of a break fall on my shoulders.
We do have to take players' workload into consideration, and there are going to be times in top league teams where players suffer from some sort of physical and mental fatigue, but I think it's a bit unfair if all the expectations to give thethe expectations to give the player a little bit of a break fall on my shoulders.
It's a bit unfair if all the expectations to give that player a bit of a break fall on my shoulders.
Strolling along country park with hands in pockets, tripped over a stone and could not put hands out to break fall, fell face forward onto gravel path
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Leading up to the WSU game, James was made to do up-downs - usually reserved as a punitive measure - to show athletic trainers that he could break falls with his arms despite the elbow injury.
For most US universities, spring break falls either on March 7-11 or March 14-18.
For many specialist family solicitors, the Christmas break falls in the middle of a season of ill will between couples and former partners, often ending in the courts.
Because ice skating occurs on a low friction surface, attempts to break falls with the arms and hands are often unsuccessful.
But the reality of New Street station, the supermarket check-out and the office coffee break falls away when you enter the alternative universe that is the hardcore, pumping iron gym.
5 If the Pill-free break falls at an inconvenient time - for example your honeymoon - it's safe to just keep on taking it.
Teachers gripe about not being able to get their shopping done if the break falls so there isn't a full week before Christmas Day.
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The scouts all worked hard to achieve their badges, having to learn basic throws, hold downs and break falls.