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cave-in

[keyv-in]
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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.
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Origin of cave-in

First recorded in 1700–10; noun use of verb phrase cave in
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  • He attacked the cave-in with the cool energy that characterized him.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • If he could force a way through the cave-in there might be safety beyond.

    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