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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 (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 (to somebody/something)

to agree to something after originally opposing it give in (to somebody/something) If the pressure from your parents becomes too strong, you might cave in and go to graduate school.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of cave in (to suddenly fall inward)
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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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According to Brodsky, major label expectations began to drown Cave In to the mire of a perplexing puzzle.
As dedicated to exploration and experimentation as Cave In has always been, it seemed no matter which direction the band moved, the end results were never as exhilarating.
In an effort to recapture some of the prototypical Cave In "magic," the band began playing some of the more brutal material from its early years during live sets.
There is no other band I've ever played in that is as powerful with its volume as Cave In," Brodsky enthuses.
Now as 2005 shifts into high-gear, RCA has finally allowed Cave In to release some of its recordings from the past couple of years, which will be supported by the group's longtime friends at Hydrahead Records.
And though it seems that Cave In might have finally weathered through the storm that stifled its creativity for roughly two years, there is much to be learned from these experiences, as well.