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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References in classic literature ?
To Captain Nicholl's maintaining that the projectile would smash like glass, Michel replied that he would break their fall by means of rockets properly placed.
The activity requires participants to jump from fixed objects and use a parachute to break their fall.
In many cases they are unable to alert the driver if they have not been belted in properly and cannot put a hand out to break their fall if the worst happened.
Feduccia and many other ornithologists subscribe to the long-standing theory that birds evolved from primitive tree-dwelling reptiles that used leathered limbs to break their fall while leaping from branch to branch.