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stick the landing
1. In gymnastics, to land firmly and cleanly on one's feet after completing a flip, layout, or other such acrobatic move. If she had stuck the landing, she would have earned a much higher score—that stumble is going to cost her. Kerri Strug's ability to stick the landing after vaulting with a serious ankle injury made her an Olympic legend.
2. To land firmly and cleanly on one's feet after making a jump of some kind. I thought I could stick the landing if I jumped from the treehouse, but I ended up breaking my ankle. I couldn't believe it when the kid did a backflip off the wall and stuck the landing like it was nothing.
3. To manage to perform or accomplish something successfully and satisfying or impressive manner. It's incredibly difficult to stick the landing when writing a TV series finale. That's why most finales end up disappointing a lot of fans. The book begins exploring some really interesting concepts, but it doesn't really stick the landing with any of them.
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