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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
1700-1710
1700-10; noun use of verb phrase cave in
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Examples for cave-in
  • Any overflow or cave-in of the sewer system needs to be reported immediately for investigation and repair.
British Dictionary definitions for cave-in

cave in

verb (intransitive, adverb)
1.
to collapse; subside
2.
(informal) to yield completely, esp under pressure
noun
3.
the sudden collapse of a roof, piece of ground, etc, into a hollow beneath it; subsidence
4.
the site of such a collapse, as at a mine or tunnel
5.
(informal) an instance of yielding completely, esp under pressure
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