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
References in classic literature ?
At one place, they were obliged to slide their horses down the face of a rock, in which attempt some of the poor animals lost their footing, rolled to the bottom, and came near being dashed to pieces.
He was very quick, and sometimes he turned with such sharpness that his hind legs lost their footing and he plowed the sand with his quarter.
BEIJING, December 08, SPA -- Eight youths were killed and 26 injured when students descending a crowded staircase after evening classes at a school in central China lost their footing amid a crush of bodies, state media and the local government reported Tuesday.
But a wall collapsed and people lost their footing, causing a mass panic.
So the second they lost their footing she smashed into the ground.
Firefighters, including the specialist rope rescue team from Coulby Newham, police and an ambulance were called to woods between Skelton and Saltburn at about 7.45pm last night after they lost their footing.
The St Oswald's Primary School pupils were at the Temple Park Centre, South Shields, when they lost their footing in the wave pool.
Even though two of its five world premieres by ODC's founding members and choreographers Brenda Way, KT Nelson, and Kimi Okada left one wanting, the company had plenty to celebrate with the rest of the new work, and a judicious selection of repertoire (Crash, Hugging the Shore, Part of a Longer Story, and John Somebody by Way and Nelson's Standing Here and They've Lost Their Footing).
Wilson sees much of the problem as the result of our discarding the humanist Enlightenment "vision of secular knowledge in the service of human rights and human progress [which] was the West's greatest contribution to civilization." (By the way, he notes that "the American Humanist Association is the leading organization devoted to secular and deistic humanism.") He feels that humans have lost faith in empirical knowledge and, so, lost their footing while grasping for transcendental foundations, such as pure reason or various forms of romanticism.
The 24-year-old was roped to a friend when they lost their footing and careered down a rock face.