stave in


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stave (something) in

To crush or cave in something; to smash through something. He staved in the crate with a large rock to access the supplies inside. We'll have to stave the door in if we want to get to your daughter in time.
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stave something in

to crush something in. (The past tense is usually stove with ships, and otherwise, staved.) The rocks on the reef staved the hull of the ship in. The angry sailor staved in the cask of rum.
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stave in

v.
To break or smash a hole in something: The firefighters staved the door in. I staved in the barrel with an axe.
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