- a stumble.
- an unwise or blundering act.
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- an unwise action
- a stumble; slip
Idioms and Phrases with false step
A stumble or blunder, as in Making a down payment without securing a mortgage was clearly a false step. This term transfers physical stumbling or tripping to other enterprises. [c. 1700]
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