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To stop someone or something from falling

catch

verb

to stop and keep hold of someone who is falling

prop up

to stop something from falling by putting something under it or against it

hold up

to support someone or something so that they do not fall down

support

verb

to hold the weight of someone or of something such as a building or structure so that they do not move or fall

break someone’s fall

to stop someone who is falling from hitting the ground directly, so that they hurt themselves less than they would have done

steady yourself

to get your balance again so that you do not fall

shore up

to support something such as a wall to prevent it from falling

brace

verb

to support an object with a piece of wood, metal, etc. so that it does not fall down

bear

verb

to support the weight of something

brace

verb

to push your body, or a part of it, against something solid and strong in order to support yourself or to avoid falling

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

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