Definition of Cave in

1. Noun. The sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it.

Exact synonyms: Subsidence
Generic synonyms: Collapse
Derivative terms: Subside

2. Verb. Break down, literally or metaphorically. "The business is going to cave in "; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
Exact synonyms: Break, Collapse, Fall In, Founder, Give, Give Way
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Go Off, Implode, Buckle, Crumple, Flop, Break, Sink, Slide Down, Slump
Related verbs: Abandon, Give Up, Burst, Collapse
Derivative terms: Collapse, Collapse

Definition of Cave in

1. Noun. The act of something collapsing or caving in. ¹

2. Noun. The location where something has caved in. ¹

3. Noun. (idiomatic) The act of relenting. ¹

4. Verb. To collapse inward or downward. ¹

5. Verb. (idiomatic) To relent; to acquiesce; to comply; to grant approval; to lose willpower. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cave In

cave bat
cave bear
cave bears
cave dweller
cave dwellers
cave in (current term)
cave ins
cave lion
cave lions
cave man
cave myotis
cave painting
cave paintings
cave sickness
caveat emptor
caveat lector
caveat loan

Literary usage of Cave in

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Thus we read " the cave in the field of the Machpelah" in Gen., xxiii, 17, 19; xlix, 30; 1, 13, "the cave of the Machpelah" is twice mentioned (xxiii, 9; ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1909)
"... to the occurrence of human remains in Mercer's cave in Calaveras County, and in the Stone Man cave in Shasta County, under conditions which certainly ..."

3. The Port Folio by Joseph Dennie (1821)
"Mv DEAR SIR, SINCE my last from Winchester, I have visited the cave in Augusta, and the Natural bridge in the county to which it has given a name. ..."

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