break fall

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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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The insiders asserted that the actress had an unfortunate slip and she injured her wrist while trying to break her fall.
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.