lose (one's) footing

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lose (one's) footing

1. To slip, stumble, and/or fall during an activity in which one is using one's feet, such as walking, dancing, climbing, etc. 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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She added that such a facility would help curtail the negative effects tourism can have on a natural environment as well as protecting tourists from falling and injuring themselves in the process as they may lose footing on their way or when walking.
Gulf states which once backed Al Assad's rebel opposition are restoring relations so as not to lose footing to regional rivals Iran and Turkey.
While the big national and regional papers may have less trouble finding the funds to keep their print editions coming, we could see small publishers lose footing, and those tiny local papers are some of the most vital members of our news community.
But it was his right uppercut that caused Nge to lose footing and reach for the ropes.
So as to not lose footing, to not end up a suicide.
As we continue to lose footing, perhaps we will realize, like the lobster in the pot that is slowly heating, that the end is near, and we will face the necessity of change in order to escape the inevitable death the pot brings.
Combining a musicvid sensibility for inspired staging and set design with cleverly re-edited archival footage, they manage to milk a one-line concept for endless running gags that rarely lose footing throughout the scrappy narrative.
You could lose footing or cause a landslide standing on their edge.
Andrius Skerla even appeared to lose footing on the synthetic stuff as Hartson picked his spot to put Celtic ahead from eight yards.