He was black and he has always known that one false step and he was down and out.
In fact, in many ways the themes raised were sand traps waiting for a false step.
A false step, and down would fall all my plans like a house of cards.
If her memory should fail, or if she should make a false step, he would not hesitate to push her.
He did know enough to feel assured that any false step on his part now would lead him into very serious difficulties.
You have pleaded your youth as an excuse for your first 'false step,' as you call it.
One false step, one unguarded word, one untoward event would have consigned us to Castle Thunder, or the gallows.
Dubois felt that he had taken a false step, and remained silent.
Whoever takes the first step takes the false step; I see that.'
He had taken one false step, and he had been held inexorably to his contract.