break (one's) 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.
See also: break, fall
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: break, fall
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

break one's fall

Interrupt a tumble or descent, as in It's a long way down over this cliff, with nothing to break your fall. [Mid-1800s]
See also: break, fall
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
To Captain Nicholl's maintaining that the projectile would smash like glass, Michel replied that he would break their fall by means of rockets properly placed.
"Fortunately for him, it seems in the same way that stuntmen use cardboard boxes to break their fall, he fell through a false ceiling which seemed to break his fall."
"He pulled her out and I tried to break their fall."
The activity requires participants to jump from fixed objects and use a parachute to break their fall.
In many cases they are unable to alert the driver if they have not been belted in properly and cannot put a hand out to break their fall if the worst happened.
Both drawings showed bailed-out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tumbling from the sky as they ask a man on the ground labeled "taxpayers" to break their fall.
Feduccia and many other ornithologists subscribe to the long-standing theory that birds evolved from primitive tree-dwelling reptiles that used leathered limbs to break their fall while leaping from branch to branch.