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
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Fears of 'limiting careers', the need to frequently travel to London and 'reluctance to lose one's footing on the London property ladder' dominated the discussion among senior civil servants.
Thus one might conclude that, in order not to lose one's footing on uneven ground, it is better to stick to the existing and well-explored theoretical and methodological paradigms, thereby minimizing the risk of stumbling.