Definition of cave-in in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkāvˌin/


1A collapse of a roof or similar structure, typically underground: a mine cave-in
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  • Newspaper reports talk of mine cave-ins and shaft collapses.
  • They go deeper and deeper underground, with cave-ins making rescue impossible, completing the classical haunted house structure.
  • Surface subsidence also causes safety concerns for the public because of roadway cave-ins or structures and buildings tilting or even collapsing.
1.1 [in singular] An instance of yielding or submitting under pressure: the government’s cave-in to industry pressure
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  • Labor accuses him of one of the quickest cave-ins in political history but Queensland Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg has sprung to the new senator's defence.
  • The cave-in started in the first over with Scott Richardson's slash at Graeme Welch ending up in Christopher Bassano's hands at gully.
  • This kind of presentation is just a cave-in to the politically correct crowd.

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Syllabification: cave-in

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