look down at the ground falling away

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This is an excerpt from Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone:
“Come back, boy!” she shouted, but Neville was rising straight up like a cork shot out of a bottle — twelve feet — twenty feet. Harry saw his scared white face look down at the ground falling away, saw him gasp, slip sideways off the broom
What does "falling away" mean? I've looked it up in dictionaries but its meanings does not fit in this sentence. Could you please explain it to me? Thanks in advance.
  • Glenfarclas

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    English (American)
    From Neville's perspective, the ground was falling out from under him (from the perspective of someone standing on the ground, Neville was rising up away from the ground).
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