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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.
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.
The violations mark the third time in the past five years Audley has been fined by OSHA for failing to protect workers from potential cave-ins in trenches.
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.
The company received the citations for failing to protect workers from cave-ins during trenching operations noted in four separate inspections conducted in 2010 under the OSHA Trenching and Excavation Special Emphasis Program.
Although death by suffocation can result from a trench cave-in, crushing occurs more frequently.
The machine will advance at 20 metres a day in an operation that will be hindered by the risk of cave-ins.
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.
An intermittent drizzle spurred fears that a heavier rain could cause a massive cave-in.
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.
Four people died in two separate incidents at the mine shafts last August, which were both caused by cave-ins.
The stability of the areas has proven to be a problem and cave-ins are common but work, started in 2014, is allowing parts of the huge system to be excavated and explored for the first time in a century.