Origin of cave-in
How to use cave-in in a sentence
This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.
Her travel clique has been known to arrive at an airport, bags packed, passport-in-hand, within hours of spotting a deal.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Earl Spencer adds, “Effectively, my great-grandfather sold his children to his father-in-law.”The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The lack of a gun is not likely to be a major problem for close-in air-to-air dogfights against other jets.
But those weapons are of limited utility, especially during close-in fights.
More soldiers crowded into the cave and Professor-Commander Krafft came in behind them.Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
No young Cave Swallows were taken and gonads of adults were in various stages of reproductive activity.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula|Erwin E. Klaas
Profiting by this, Benjy quietly moved away round a colossal buttress of the berg, and took refuge in an ice-cave.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!
The commander-in-chief still kept him attached to the headquarter staff, and constantly employed him on special service.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for cave-in
Other Idioms and Phrases with cave-in
Fall in, collapse, as in The earthquake made the walls cave in. [Early 1700s]
Give in, admit defeat, as in The prosecutor's questions soon made the witness cave in. [Early 1800s]
Collapse, faint, or die from exhaustion, as in After a twenty-mile hike I caved in. [Mid-1800s]