break fall

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break (one's) fall

To interrupt, prevent, or soften one's fall, either physically or figuratively. She stumbled off the balcony, but luckily, a hedge below her broke her fall. Be careful not to alienate your friends as you climb to the top of the company, because if things don't work out, you'll have no one there to break your 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.
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Watch commander Gary Hatton from Cleckheaton fire station said: "If the other car had not been there to break the fall, he could easily have lost his life.
Most of the falls reported were unassisted, that is, no staff member was present to help break the fall.
Young people are said to time jumps to ensure water is deep enough to break the fall.
Additional features for careful handling of pasta are timing hoppers under each discharge chute, which break the fall of the pasta.
Five shuttles will drop from a height of 180ft at a speed of 80mph with nothing but an electromagnetic field to break the fall.
Back then, the statues and the mannequins modeled for the concrete bunkers to break the fall of the bomb.
At other times of the year it is only half as deep, not enough to break the fall.
We learn of priests, sisters, and neighbors charging again and again into superheated and smoke-blackened corridors, of rescuers using their own bodies to break the fall of plummeting children, and of firemen reaching into an exploding holocaust, pulling dozens and dozens of children out of the jaws of death.