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miss the cushion

To fail in some way. The phrase is similar in meaning and use to "miss the mark." I felt confident going into the interview, but I think I really missed the cushion, judging by the recruiter's facial expressions.
See also: cushion, miss
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Gareth, a window cleaner from Musselburgh, then took the 15ft leap himself - but missed the cushions and landed on concrete, badly damaging his ankle.