cave in


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cave in

vb (intr, adverb)
1. to collapse; subside
2. informal to yield completely, esp under pressure
n
3. the sudden collapse of a roof, piece of ground, etc, into a hollow beneath it; subsidence
4. (Mining & Quarrying) the site of such a collapse, as at a mine or tunnel
5. informal an instance of yielding completely, esp under pressure
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cave in - the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it
collapse - a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in; "the roof is in danger of collapse"; "the collapse of the old star under its own gravity"
Verb1.cave in - break down, literally or metaphoricallycave in - break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
implode, go off - burst inward; "The bottle imploded"
abandon, give up - stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims; "He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage"; "Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations"
buckle, crumple - fold or collapse; "His knees buckled"
flop - fall loosely; "He flopped into a chair"
break - curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke"
slide down, slump, sink - fall or sink heavily; "He slumped onto the couch"; "My spirits sank"
collapse, burst - cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe"

cave

noun
A hollow beneath the earth's surface:
phrasal verb
cave in
1. To fall in:
Idiom: give way.
2. To suddenly lose all health or strength:
Informal: crack up.
Slang: conk out.
Idiom: give way.
Translations
يَنْهار،يَتَقَوَّض
propadnout sezřítit se
beomlik
hrynja
prepadnúť sa
çökmekgöçmek

w>cave in

vi
(= collapse) (roof, wall)einstürzen; (fig: scheme etc) → zusammenbrechen
(inf: = surrender, yield) → nachgeben, kapitulieren

cave

(keiv) noun
a large natural hollow in rock or in the earth. The children explored the caves.
ˈcaveman (-mӕn) noun
in prehistoric times, a person who lived in a cave. Cavemen dressed in the skins of animals.
cave in
(of walls etc) to collapse.
References in classic literature ?
We found a tiny cave in the rock bank, so hidden away that only chance could direct a beast of prey to it, and after we had eaten of the deer-meat and some fruit which Ajor gathered, we crawled into the little hole, and with sticks and stones which I had gathered for the purpose I erected a strong barricade inside the entrance.
Two miles below Hornberg castle is a cave in a low cliff, which the captain of the raft said had once been occupied by a beautiful heiress of Hornberg--the Lady Gertrude-- in the old times.
Let the reader picture to himself the hall of the vastest cathedral he ever stood in, windowless indeed, but dimly lighted from above, presumably by shafts connected with the outer air and driven in the roof, which arched away a hundred feet above our heads, and he will get some idea of the size of the enormous cave in which we found ourselves, with the difference that this cathedral designed by nature was loftier and wider than any built by man.