false step

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And while he waited, perplexed, Claire made a false step.
Left by their guide, the travelers remained a few minutes in helpless ignorance, afraid even to move along the broken rocks, lest a false step should precipitate them down some one of the many deep and roaring caverns, into which the water seemed to tumble, on every side of them.
A false step would have been dangerous on the narrow passes sloping down to the sides of the gulfs; but I walked with firm step, without feeling any giddiness.
That is to say," cried Bonacieux, who saw he had taken a false step, "that is to say--"
At every false step made by Raoul, his conductress cried, "Hush
Sometimes their dizzy path lay along the margin of perpendicular precipices, several hundred feet in height, where a single false step might precipitate them into the rocky bed of a torrent which roared below.
Towards the end of his career, at the moment of reaching the goal, like the patrician Fuscus, he had made a false step upon a plank, and had fallen into the sea.
What brought us here, the ministers of the Arab League and the ministers of the European Union is the concerns that we have that any false step on the Middle East Peace Process, on Jerusalem in particular, can strengthen the radicals position, close the space who still want to live together in peace and could turn the political conflict into a religious conflict," she told a press conference after a EU-Arab League ministerial meeting today.
Sensing the welling up mood of the Nepali masses, some sections became aware of their false step which, if not amended, would boomerang badly against their electoral prospects in the days ahead.
I know that Ross sort of broke a lot of people's hearts, but I think it's so much more interesting than being this superhero kind of hero that never takes a false step or does anything wrong," she said.
On her travels, someone advised her that writing can be a little like rock climbing: exhilarating, to be sure, but one false step and all is lost.
We expect this false step to be reversed as soon as possible," he added.