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cave in

1. verb To collapse into a hollow area below, as of a physical structure or formation. We were able to get the kids out of the house before the roof caved in.
2. verb To collapse, faint, or die, as from over-exertion. I hardly remember the end of the marathon because I caved in as soon as I crossed the finish line.
3. verb To submit, concede, or yield (to someone or something); to surrender or acknowledge defeat. Under the threat of a strike, the management caved in and agreed to reinstate annual pay increases for all employees.
4. noun A collapse into a hollow area below, as of a physical structure or formation. When used as a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. The fear of every miner is a cave-in.
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cave in (to someone or something)

Fig. to give in to someone or something. Finally, the manager caved in to the customer's demands. I refuse to cave in under pressure from my opponent.
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cave in

[for a roof or ceiling] to collapse. The roof of the mine caved in when no one was there. The tunnel caved in on the train.
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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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cave in

v.
To give way; collapse: The sides of the snow fort caved in. The mine shaft caved in on a group of miners, but fortunately they were rescued.
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Explosions and cave-ins are common in Turkey's mines, particularly in privately run operations where respect for safety regulations is often minimal.
An earthquake struck Myanmar on Sunday causing a bridge collapse, cave-ins at several mines and damage to several old Buddhist pagodas.
Official figures say 25 people drowned, six died in house cave-ins, five were electrocuted, and one was killed by lightning.
The quake also triggered landslides and caused cave-ins on several national and regional highways in Xinjiang, bringing traffic to a halt.
Equipment breakdowns are frequent as are cave-ins that sometimes are deadly.
For those living and working right atop the fires, the threat of cave-ins is constant.
The underground business continues to flourish, undeterred by dozens of deaths from Israeli air strikes or cave-ins, and now far outstrips overland imports from Israel that enter Gaza via carefully supervised official crossing points.
IN one of the year's soppiest cave-ins to sentimentality, cities in the Ukraine have been ordered to stop killing stray dogs and build shelters for man's best friend.
Lorca mayor Francisco Jodar said: "Unfortunately, we can confirm deaths due to cave-ins and falling debris.
The town's mayor, Francisco Jodar, said: "Unfortunately people have died as a result of cave-ins and falling debris.
Other than cave-ins, mine workers were dying from occupational illnesses such as tuberculosis and silicosis.
Engineers still must decide where to drill the larger hole without risking further cave-ins at the unstable mine.
A woman lost her life and four other people were injured in the house's cave-ins in Malaband and Pushkan.
A woman lost her life and four other people were injured in the houses cave-ins in Malakand and Pushkan.
A total of 146 Palestinians have been killed in tunnel collapses and cave-ins under the Gaza-Egypt border.