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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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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

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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Caving is the recreational sport of exploring caves.
The Caving UK organisation sums up the appeal of the sport: "Caving can mean different things to different people.
It comes down to the individual, but caving is certainly regarded as a very worthwhile pastime to all those who participate in the sport.
Damian, in fact, has grown fond of photography on Foundation trips, and his photos appear in major caving journals like "NSS News" and "Descent.
Damian nevertheless finds his own kind of kinship between caving and winemaking.
They wore a real caving helmet and explored how it felt to move through restricted and fragile spaces of caves, but above ground and in daylight.
Caving organizations have few resources to invest in land banks or cave restorations--and even less political clout to enact cave protection ordinances.
WNS is not known to pose a threat to humans but it can be spread by people to bats in other caves because the fungus can remain on clothes and caving gear.
Professional geologist Matthews joins forces with fellow caving expert Walter to document the history of Blue Spring Cave, a privately owned cave on private property in Tennessee, not open to the public due to its fragile nature.
Website visitors interested in speleology will find educational articles on caves and karst, recommended books, DVDs and caving gear, as well as caving resource links and details on how to obtain the new Missouri "The Cave State" license plates.
Such modern technology allows caves to be measured to the nearest millimeter, according to Andy Eavis, president of the International Union of Speleology, the world caving authority, based in France.
ISLAMABAD, 06 May , 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- A British caving team believe they have discovered the worlds largest cave passage in the heart of the Vietnamese jungle.