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    Hi
    When something falls from a high level and before reaching the ground hits something (like a tree stem) and its speed and hitting force is reduced.
    It is an phrasal verb or idiom describing this that I forgot.
    Can you help me.
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    It was "slowed down". Its fall was "impeded".
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    Default Re: lessen the severity

    Its fall was broken.

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    Thank you

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    Raymott's is perfect. I have no idea why I didn't come up with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have no idea why I didn't come up with it.
    Alzheimer's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Alzheimer's?
    I think my memory is having its fall broken as it descends into old age!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hm_48 View Post
    Hi
    When something falls from a high level and before reaching the ground hits something (like a tree stem) and its speed and hitting force is reduced.
    It is an phrasal verb or idiom describing this that I forgot.
    Can you help me.
    Thank you.
    hm_48
    There are many, a couple off the top of my head...

    -to "break one's fall": "I was going to bash my head on the concrete but I used this kitten to break my fall."

    -to "soften the blow": "That fall was really going to hurt, thankfully this cactus was here to soften the blow."

    -edit Wow I didn't see someone had already said "break the fall". I guess that makes me "Captain Obvious".
    Last edited by PahaSapa; 14-Dec-2013 at 10:21. Reason: redundancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by PahaSapa View Post
    There are many, a couple off the top of my head...

    -to "break one's fall": "I was going to bash my head on the concrete but I used this kitten to break my fall."

    -to "soften the blow": "That fall was really going to hurt, thankfully this cactus was here to soften the blow."

    -edit Wow I didn't see someone had already said "break the fall". I guess that makes me "Captain Obvious".
    I'm a bit concerned if the first thing that pops into your head is breaking your fall with a kitten!
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    And softening the blow with a cactus is also something to think about, what would hurt more?
    Peter
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