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cave-in

[ keyv-in ]
/ ˈkeɪvˌɪn /
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noun
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.
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Origin of cave-in

First recorded in 1700–10; noun use of verb phrase cave in
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British Dictionary definitions for cave-in

cave in

verb (intr, adverb)
to collapse; subside
informal to yield completely, esp under pressure
noun cave-in
the sudden collapse of a roof, piece of ground, etc, into a hollow beneath it; subsidence
the site of such a collapse, as at a mine or tunnel
informal an instance of yielding completely, esp under pressure
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Other Idioms and Phrases with cave-in

cave in

1

Fall in, collapse, as in The earthquake made the walls cave in. [Early 1700s]

2

Give in, admit defeat, as in The prosecutor's questions soon made the witness cave in. [Early 1800s]

3

Collapse, faint, or die from exhaustion, as in After a twenty-mile hike I caved in. [Mid-1800s]

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