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Definition of false step in English:

noun

1A slip or stumble: one false step and we would have fallen in the sea
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  • Back to the cliffs, where the geological verticality is a 300-foot issue, and where in places two false steps would have you plummeting to the rocks.
  • But here's a play that gets Jaworski's attention, when Palmer takes a false step with his left foot at the start of his dropback.
  • Adriana's heart carried her forward, under rock ledges where a false step would have thrown her a hundred feet into a nest of shale.
1.1A careless or unwise act; a mistake: she made her first false step when she agreed to come back
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  • The nature of professional publication is such that it is rare to find an article by a senior clinician about a personal voyage of intellectual discovery that includes the stumbling and false steps along the way.
  • A false step along the way - including delay for any number of reasons, known and unknown - could well be fatal.
  • So much of the film's success lies on the shoulders of the two leads, and they never make a false step in their characterizations.

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