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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
1700-10; noun use of verb phrase cave in
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  • 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
  • If he could force a way through the cave-in there might be safety beyond.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • Maybe he can make up for the time they lost digging out the cave-in if it stays clear and the creeks don't rise any higher.

    The Hallowell Partnership Katharine Holland Brown
  • He attacked the cave-in with the cool energy that characterized him.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • Day after day of labor and the indentation upon the cave-in grew from a matter of feet to one of yards.

    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
  • They quickly dressed and hiked down the long tunnel to the point they had reached when the cave-in occurred.

    The Blue Ghost Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • "There must have been a cave-in at our gold mine," said Hal.

  • If there was a cave-in the whole party would disappear in the depths.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell

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