To cave in
Cave Cave, v. i. 1. To dwell in a cave. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. [See To cave in, below.] To fall in or down; as, the sand bank caved. Hence (Slang), to retreat from a position; to give way; to yield in a disputed matter. [1913 Webster]

{To cave in}. [Flem. inkalven.] (a) To fall in and leave a hollow, as earth on the side of a well or pit. (b) To submit; to yield. [Slang] --H. Kingsley. [1913 Webster] ||


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  • cave in to something — cave in (to (someone/something)) to agree to something after originally opposing it. If the pressure from your parents becomes too strong, you might cave in and go to graduate school. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of cave in (= to… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • cave in — {v.} 1. To fall or collapse inward. * /The mine caved in and crushed three miners./ * /Don t climb on that old roof. It might cave in./ 2. {informal} To weaken and be forced to give up. * /The children begged their father to take them to the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cave in — {v.} 1. To fall or collapse inward. * /The mine caved in and crushed three miners./ * /Don t climb on that old roof. It might cave in./ 2. {informal} To weaken and be forced to give up. * /The children begged their father to take them to the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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