Definition of break someone's fall in English:

break someone's fall


  • Prevent someone from hitting the ground heavily after a fall.

    ‘Adam caught hold of his son and broke his fall’
    • ‘He pulled the cords of the pack down to position himself underneath her so his body would break her fall.’
    • ‘She fell 11,000 ft and survived with a fractured pelvis and a few bruises after power lines broke her fall.’
    • ‘Luckily, I managed to get my hands out in front of me in an effort to break my fall.’
    • ‘Her involuntary reflexes kicked in, and she threw out her arms, managing to break his fall.’
    • ‘So far as we could tell, he wore no wire to break his fall.’