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 ?
And he meant it too, not because he was touched by the pathos of the pleading voice, but because he felt himself losing his footing in the depths of this tenebrous affair.
Earlier an ambulance had to be called for comedian Paul Squire, who fell off the stage after losing his footing while standing up at the top table.
Desmond Loy was recovering with cuts and bruises in South Island's Nelson Hospital after losing his footing on the Falls River swing bridge in Abel Tasman National Park and falling 20 metres (65 feet) on to river rocks yesterday.
The 17-year-old - who has not been named - sparked a major air and sea rescue after losing his footing at Stonehaven Harbour, in Kincardineshire, in freezing temperatures.
Especially here, where Mickelson has come so close to the top of the leaderboard before losing his footing he could see his legacy through the clouds.
Phillips continued on, losing his footing and falling into the stream.