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 — {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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  • cave in — 1. noun a) The act of something collapsing or caving in. We were warned away from the rickety old mine because of the danger of cave ins. b) The location where something has caved in. We couldnt get past the cave in blocking the tunnel. Syn:… …   Wiktionary

  • cave-in — /kayv in /, n. 1. a collapse, as of anything hollow: the worst cave in in the history of mining. 2. a place or site of such a collapse. 3. submission to something or someone previously opposed or resisted: His cave in to such unreasonable demands …   Universalium

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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