- a collapse, as of anything hollow: the worst cave-in in the history of mining.
- a place or site of such a collapse.
- submission to something or someone previously opposed or resisted: His cave-in to such unreasonable demands shocked us.
Origin of cave-in
First recorded in 1700–10; noun use of verb phrase cave in
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Examples from the Web for cave-in
They have already set a world record for time trapped underground after a cave-in.Behind Chile's Miracle Mine Rescue
October 9, 2010
If he could force a way through the cave-in there might be safety beyond.
He attacked the cave-in with the cool energy that characterized him.
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