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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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ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Parts of the Sabuncubeli Tunnel -- which was supposed to reduce the distance between the Aegean provinces of yzmir and Manisa -- have caved in twice since construction was halted two months ago, according to a recent statement by opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Manisa deputy EuzgE-r Euzel.
One of the deadliest incidents took place last year, when 30 miners were killed after a coalmine in Ruyi Du Ab district of northern Samangan province caved in.
On Wednesday, a portion of Mathura Road near the city zoo caved in.
Witnesses said the gas cylinder was being smuggled into the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian enclave along with foodstuffs and other merchandise through the tunnel, which caved in by the force of the blast.
the northwest caved in after the miners set off some dynamite.
Muawiya Hassanein, the head of Gaza emergency services, said the tunnel in the border town of Rafah caved in on Monday night.
In January 2003, two Hispanic construction laborers (brothers aged 15 and 16 years), who were employed by a company with 65 employees, died when the trench in which they were working caved in (4).
His prayers were answered around midnight Wednesday, when Los Angeles firefighters pulled the drill operator from the ground that had caved in and swallowed him whole.
Environmental critics say that several slabs of earthen roof - several weighing as much as 1,500 tons - have already caved in over the storage rooms, and that the walls and floors of the repository are bulging and cracking as geological forces do their work.
THREE roads across New Delhi caved in on Wednesday, a day after four stretches had similarly collapsed, triggering chaos on roads already creaking under snarls caused by the Commonwealth Games.
According to traffic police officials, two stretches of Mother Teresa Crescent Road near ISBT- Kashmere Gate and Mathura Road caved in.
Dostal said he thought the earth caved in because it was sandy, not because it was wet from Wednesday's rain.
COMMUTING woes on the Aurobindo Marg in south Delhi, where the road has caved in at least four times this rainy season forcing traffic blockades, could end soon.
30 pm on Saturday as the road caved in under the weight of the vehicle.
A portion of Ashoka Road caved in near Andhra Bhawan for the second time in a week.