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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And if you start to fall forward, there is another reflex that brings up your hands to help break the fall.
Watch commander Gary Hatton from Cleckheaton fire station said: "If the other car had not been there to break the fall, he could easily have lost his life.
Young people are said to time jumps to ensure water is deep enough to break the fall.
But after that and Fosse's (academy unawarded) ``All That Jazz,'' it was all downhill with just a few John Travolta and Patrick Swayze exceptions, a ``Beauty and the Beast'' cartoon and Baz Luhrmann's fevered ``Moulin Rouge'' two years ago to occasionally break the fall.
Additional features for careful handling of pasta are timing hoppers under each discharge chute, which break the fall of the pasta.
Five shuttles will drop from a height of 180ft at a speed of 80mph with nothing but an electromagnetic field to break the fall.
Back then, the statues and the mannequins modeled for the concrete bunkers to break the fall of the bomb.
At other times of the year it is only half as deep, not enough to break the fall.
We learn of priests, sisters, and neighbors charging again and again into superheated and smoke-blackened corridors, of rescuers using their own bodies to break the fall of plummeting children, and of firemen reaching into an exploding holocaust, pulling dozens and dozens of children out of the jaws of death.
elimination game today against Tennessee - provides no safety net to break the fall of the Trojans' (45-18).