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.
See also: break, fall

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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d: ery 3 "He was saved by falling into deep snow and using ice axe to break his fall.
Falling into a crevasse, he would have put his hand down to break his fall, putting the arrow below him.
Simm, who scored two goals in Chester's 3-2 win at FC United on Saturday, slipped on wooden decking in the back garden of his home, and in an attempt to break his fall he sustained the break.
The 18-year-old, who was celebrating freshers' week, remained relaxed as he didn't try to break his fall.
As he put his hand down to break his fall the glass stuck more than a centimetre into the middle of his palm.
While I have sympathy with whatever anguish brought him to this stage, the police appear to treat the human and financial costs this caused with contempt as surely the very simple and obvious answer to this or similar situations is merely to lay an extensive area of soft material - ie, large bean bags etc which would break his fall.
A fire service spokeswoman said: "It looks like the man stumbled and put his arms out to break his fall, but unfortunately landed on a gate post.
Unfortunately there don't appear to be any videos of the incident to be found, but still shots of Murray's crash to the Queen's turf reveal it was his youthfully stubborn refusal to even attempt to break his fall in any way that made it so special.
Fifteen months later he scaled a wall and jumped on to a waiting van complete with mattress to break his fall.
He scraped his knees and when he put out his hands to break his fall, the beam of timber rolls down his bruised and bleeding back.
A club source said: "It helped break his fall - he was mortified to have bounced it about like that.
It was just a question of trying to find a bit that was flat and softer to break his fall and somewhere that had no rocks.
The ordeal will finally end when he leaps from the 10-storey pole with only cardboard boxes to break his fall.
No net, no airbag to break his fall - only a heap of empty cardboard boxes - and he insists he won't come down until the planned moment during his live special.
Greg tried to break his fall and to help, but the man said he had neck pains and claimed Greg had accosted him.