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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, particularly in private mines where respect for safety regulations is often minimal.
Proper training alerts workers to some signs of an imminent cave-in. In the foregoing instance, the worker had some warning; however, he apparently just didn't have a means to escape, such as a ramp or ladder.
This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which indicated that 76% of the deaths were caused by cave-ins and 47% of the deaths occurred among employees of companies with [less than or equal to] 10 workers.
"Failure to provide cave-in protection exposed employees to imminent and potentially fatal crushing and suffocation hazards."
The cave-in on the east-northeastern slope is about 15 meters long, 10 meters wide and 20 to 30 centimeters deep, the agency said.
"Cave-ins are the leading cause of death in trenching operations, and Gerardi Sewer & Water Co.
COPIAPO: Chilean miners who survived 18 days after a cave-in received hydration gel and medication through a narrow drill hole on Monday, but officials said it could be months before the men are freed.
Although death by suffocation can result from a trench cave-in, crushing occurs more frequently.
The relaunch comes after a backbench revolt over his refusal to build new grammar schools and a cave-in on axeing free admission to museums.
* Excavations made in stable rock formations, or conditions in which examination by a "competent person" determines that no cave-in can be expected.
Nearly 80 coal miners from Illinois and Indiana will assemble to compete and train in a variety of skills they hope to never have to use, readying themselves for fires, cave-ins and various other potential underground disasters.
The name comes from "the knocker", a mythical creature who would knock on mine walls as a warning just before cave-ins.