lose (one's) footing

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lose (one's) footing

1. To stumble and/or fall, typically during a physical activity such as walking. I sprained my ankle when I lost my footing on a hike. Be careful not to lose your footing while you're on the ladder!
2. By extension, to lose one's stability by entering a precarious or unsettling situation. I loved my job, so I really lost my footing when I was laid off. I'm just worried that he'll lose his footing if he drops out of school now—there's no guarantee he'll ever go back.
See also: footing, lose
References in classic literature ?
I was standing watching his pursuit with a mixture of admiration for his extraordinary activity and fear lest he should lose his footing in the treacherous mire, when I heard the sound of steps and, turning round, found a woman near me upon the path.
CCTV stills showed MrV Obsioma lose his footing and stumble into the path of the lorry.
Striker Shane Stritch appeared to lose his footing when one-on-one and a glorious chance was gone.
It was a great little ball in (by Peltier) and he just seemed to lose his footing, although he still got a great strike on goal.
and reported they saw the teenager lose his footing and slip downstream as he tried to walk across the stream in the 500 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard near Arroyo Avenue in the city of San Fernando.
HITTING THE HEIGHTS: David Beckham lose his footing at the crucial moment and his first-half penalty sails over the bar - but a draw was enough for England; CONFRONTATION: Alpay taunts England captain Beckham after his spot-kick miss
But as they made their descent, Benji began to lose his footing on ice before slipping and almost pulling the hillwalker off the mountain.