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give way

to break or fall down suddenly Those wooden steps are old, and I'm afraid one of them will give way, so we need to replace them this weekend.
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give way

1. Retreat or withdraw, as in The army gave way before the enemy. [Early 1500s]
2. Yield the right of way; also, relinquish ascendancy, as in The cars must give way to the parade, or The children were called inside as day gave way slowly to night. [Early 1700s]
3. Collapse, fail, break down, as in The ladder gave way, or His health gave way under the strain. [Mid-1600s]
4. Also, give way to. Yield to urging or demand, as in At the last minute he gave way and avoided a filibuster, or The owners gave way to their demands for a pay increase. [Mid-1700s]
5. Also, give way to. Abandon oneself, lose self-control, as in She gave way to hysteria, or Don't give way to despair. [First half of 1800s]
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give way

v.
1. To cease resisting or holding: The roof gave way under the weight of the snow, and the whole building collapsed.
2. To yield, make space for, or accommodate something: The old computer system must give way in order to meet the new hardware requirements.
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give way

1. To retreat or withdraw.
2. To yield the right of way: gave way to an oncoming car.
3. To relinquish ascendancy or position: as day gives way slowly to night.
4. To collapse from or as if from physical pressure: The ladder gave way.
5. To yield to urging or demand; give in.
6. To abandon oneself: give way to hysteria.
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