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cave-in

[keyv-in] /ˈkeɪvˌɪn/
noun
1.
a collapse, as of anything hollow:
the worst cave-in in the history of mining.
2.
a place or site of such a collapse.
3.
submission to something or someone previously opposed or resisted:
His cave-in to such unreasonable demands shocked us.
Origin of cave-in
1700-1710
First recorded in 1700-10; noun use of verb phrase cave in
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  • If he could force a way through the cave-in there might be safety beyond.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • He attacked the cave-in with the cool energy that characterized him.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • Perhaps, after all, he had been on the other side of the cave-in and had hurried on out of the mine.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • At any moment might come disaster in the shape of a cave-in or a falling tree.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • The cave-in of the Landlord had not entirely removed the sense of outrage.

    The Man Who Lost Himself

    H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • "There must have been a cave-in at our gold mine," said Hal.

  • How big a cave-in it was going to be, and what it was going to lead to, I never guessed.

    Many Fronts Lewis R. Freeman
  • You dont suppose one cave-in had anything to do with the other, do you?

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
  • There is a cave-in, and my father and five other men are shut down in the mine.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen

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