false step

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I would fall so lightly on my stocking soles; a single soft, dull thud; then away under the moon without fear or risk of a false step; away over the stone walls to the main road, and so to the nearest police-station with my tale; and before sunrise the villains would be taken in their beds, and my darling would be safe!
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!" and held out to him a soft and perfumed hand.
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.
I think he took a false step by reading a report that was prepared and dictated to him by the State Department (of the United States), "Maduro said.
"Coming out of the gate at Ascot he made a false step and nearly tripped himself up.
Like Afghanistan, they too took a false step at crucial junctures.
Critique: "False Step" aptly demonstrates author Victoria Helen Stone as a gifted novelist with a genuine flair for originality and a distinctive, reader engaging, narrative storytelling style.
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