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false step

1. Literally, a misstep or stumble while one is walking. I took a false step on the mountain path and nearly went tumbling over a cliff!
2. By extension, an unwise, miscalculated, or blundering act or decision. We made a few false steps while setting up our business that nearly ruined our endeavor altogether. It seems now that the president's decision might have been something of a false step.
See also: false, step

false step

A stumble or blunder, as in Making a down payment without securing a mortgage was clearly a false step. This term transfers physical stumbling or tripping to other enterprises. [c. 1700]
See also: false, step
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He seemed to take a false step on a bit of loose ground and went down.
However, just over three furlongs out as Seamie Heffernan angled for a run on Aidan O'Brien's colt, he appeared to take a false step, went down on his knees and fired his rider into the ground.
With one false step, she could fall into anorexia or bulimia.
I had to use both hands to carry the tree, which meant I could not steady myself on the banister, which further meant that one false step and I would be immortalised in headlines such as "NEEDLE-LESS TRAGEDY: DAD KILLED BY CHRISTMAS" and "This complete idiot tried to carry a Christmas tree down four flights of stairs.
You can walk around it for 7km or just sit on the edge to look down at near darkness but one false step could see you plummeting hundreds of metres below.
If it's one false step, it becomes an arm tackle for Royce, or as we saw last night, Kani, Tony James, Taj all getting better and better.
Would he have been as surefooted if he knew that one false step or gust of wind could have swept him to his death?
Twelve months later, Tomas determines to set out to look for his father, or for any traces of him without success until a false step sends him crashing down a cliff face, saved from death only by the straps of his rucksack, caught on the branches of a tree.
FALSE STEP Rex Bionics, which makes robotic limbs for wheelchair users, issued a profits warning for the year to next March after it said it needed to secure clinical data on the health benefits of its products.
One false step and you're home, so you already have that pressure," the former Newcastle player said.
The reality is that one false step or missed object in such a setting can lead to serious injury and in extreme cases, even death.
False step proves fatal as man mistakes snow build up for solid ledge A WALKER has died from head injuries after he slipped causing an avalanche, and fell 500ft down a mountain gulley.
The Eurozone is already in a slight recession and the credibility of governments to contain the situation has been stretched to the limit: one false step now could tip the United States, Japan and advanced economies into a new grim landscape.
Every discipline is littered with disproven theories, outdated ideas, and abandoned lines of inquiry, but each false step is still a necessary step in the eventual progression.
As the race looked like living up its billing, Rewilding appeared to take a false step over a furlong out and fell, throwing Dettori to the ground.