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an Aladdin's cave

A place full of treasures. (In The Arabian Nights, Aladdin finds a magic lamp in a cave.) I know you think your garage is full of junk, but to an antiques collector like me, it's an Aladdin's cave!
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man cave

A room or area of a house designated for a man to retreat from the rest of his family and relax or engage in hobbies. My husband is watching the football game in his man cave right now.
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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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the roof caves in

The situation collapses; everything goes wrong. Typically used in the past tense. I was living paycheck to paycheck and getting by OK, but then the roof caved in. I lost my job, and then my car and my house.
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keep cave

old-fashioned To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone); to act as a guard or watch. "Cave" in this context is actually Latin for "beware." The gang employed youths from the area to keep cave during a drug deal and give a signal if any police officers arrived. I offered to keep cave at the door, as I had no intention of risking my life in that creepy old house.
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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

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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an Aladdin's cave

a place full of valuable objects.
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keep cave

act as lookout. school slang
Cave is a Latin word meaning ‘beware!’ Pronounced as one or two syllables, cave was the traditional warning uttered by a schoolchild to let others know that a teacher was approaching.
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an Aladdin’s ˈcave

a place full of valuable or interesting objects: He kept for his private pleasure an Aladdin’s cave of stolen masterpieces.This expression comes from a story in The Arabian Nights. Aladdin was trapped in a cave full of gold and jewels by a magician.
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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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Most members of the old Huddersfield Caving Group came from the Denby Dale, Shelley and Skelmanthorpe area.
For Graham - a man with 30 years' caving experience - the Huddersfield Caving Group brings back many pleasant memories.
Often we'd go camping and engage in lots of different outdoor activities, not just caving.
The NSG was founded in 1955 and acted as an umbrella body for caving enthusiasts throughout the north of England.
Alongside the Huddersfield Caving Group there has been the Huddersfield Technical College Potholing Club and the University of Huddersfield Union Caving Club.
There is little scope for caving in the Huddersfield and Kirklees area, so club members used to make regular visits to the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales.
Damian nevertheless finds his own kind of kinship between caving and winemaking.
If I don't go caving for three months or so, people around here can tell.
More importantly, for Damian the values of caving and winemaking cross over and reinforce one another.
For high resolution digital images of Damien Grindley caving in Liburn Cave, Redwood Canyon, Sequoia National Park, visit the Image Bank at http://kjsales.