break 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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break your fall

also break the fall
to stop you from going down He reached out, trying to break his fall, and ended up breaking his arm.
See also: break, fall
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The insiders asserted that the actress had an unfortunate slip and she injured her wrist while trying to break her fall.
Rowling, who often wrote short stories in cafes with her baby daughter Jessica, added that when her life hit rock bottom the UK's benefits system was there to break her fall, and said it would have been contemptible to scarper at the first sign of a royalty cheque.
In a heroic bid to save her life, and ignoring his own well-being, Conrad attempted to break her fall with his own body.
As Light plummeted, Buchanan positioned himself to break her fall from the top level of the parking structure, police said.
Jessie, of Mount Pleasant, Coalsnaughton, Clackmannanshire, hit her arm on the metal rail of a display unit as she tried to break her fall.