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false step

1. Literally, a misstep or stumble while one is walking. I took a false step on the mountain path and nearly went tumbling over a cliff!
2. By extension, an unwise, miscalculated, or blundering act or decision. We made a few false steps while setting up our business that nearly ruined our endeavor altogether. It seems now that the president's decision might have been something of a false step.
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false step

A stumble or blunder, as in Making a down payment without securing a mortgage was clearly a false step. This term transfers physical stumbling or tripping to other enterprises. [c. 1700]
See also: false, step
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Hunsden, I made up my mind to be for the present wholly misjudged by him, and misjudged I was; he thought he had been rather too hard upon me, and that I was crushed by the weight of his upbraidings; so to re-assure me he said, doubtless I should mend some day; I was only at the beginning of life yet; and since happily I was not quite without sense, every false step I made would be a good lesson.
Pickwick's head disappeared with great swiftness, in consequence of a false step on Sam's shoulder which brought him suddenly to the ground.
And I had an idea that false step must have destroyed the balance of the structure behind which our musician was concealed.
If Shere Khan had made a false step with his lame paw up in the jungles by the Waingunga, Mowgli would have heard him in those long, still mornings.
We were pirouetting on the edge of an abyss; sooner or later the false step must come and the pit swallow us.
When you asked me to believe that she walked along a narrow strip of grass without once making a false step, I remarked, as you may remember, that it was a noteworthy performance.
There, and in the eyes, was the secret of the certitude with which she carried the heavy sacks up the steep steps, with never a false step or overbalance, and emptied them in the grain-bin.
A horse, or a false step on the stairs, or something of that sort.
I must be calm, and above all, I must make no false steps.
There was an early candidate for unluckiest loser of the season at Ayr, where Caledonia appeared to take a false step and fall when clear after the final flight in the maiden hurdle.
The modest team lacked an accurate test environment, and one false step during the upgrade could result in expensive downtime.
We won't make a false step in Georgia," said Loew's assistant Thomas Schneider.
FALSE STEP Rex Bionics, which makes robotic limbs for wheelchair users, issued a profits warning for the year to next March after it said it needed to secure clinical data on the health benefits of its products.
But a false step in border negotiations would mean New Delhi not just losing its hold over Aksai Chin and Tawang in the east, but also surrendering the critical leverage of having a say in the final settlement of Tibet issue especially in the post Dalai Lama era.
One false step and you're home, so you already have that pressure," the former Newcastle player said.