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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If you can't resist the temptation to break your fall with your arm, try to ball your hand into a fist as you are falling.
Chances are all those league trophies will help break your fall.