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cave in (or cave something in)

Definition of cave in or cave something in in English:

1(With reference to a roof or similar structure) subside or collapse, or cause something to do this: the tunnel walls caved in storms caved the roof in Len’s club would have caved his skull in
More example sentences
  • The roof is caving in, and bats have taken over the empty structure.
  • Their walls were falling down and the roofs were caving in.
  • Most of the children were held in a gymnasium, and there had been explosive devices and other things, and the roof of the gymnasium caved in after a bomb apparently went off.
1.1Yield or submit under pressure: the manager caved in to his demands
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  • So instead, the government caved in to their pressure.
  • Ministers have caved in to pressure from the farming industry over one of the most controversial proposals to prevent a repeat of last year's epidemic.
  • She said the bus driver should never have let them get on if there was not enough room, and had caved in to pressure from other passengers.
yield, surrender, submit, succumb, back down, make concessions, capitulate, give up/in, raise/show the white flag;
acquiesce, agree, concur, approve, assent
See parent entry: cave

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