cave-in definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- an act or instance of caving in
- a place where the ground, a mine, etc. has caved in
cave-in definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. A collapse, as of a tunnel or structure.b. A place where a cave-in has occurred.
- An act or instance of ceasing opposition or resistance: The vote was seen as a cave-in to the demands of the administration.
cave-in - Phrases/Idioms
Fall in, collapse, as in The earthquake made the walls cave in. [Early 1700s]
Give in, admit defeat, as in The prosecutor's questions soon made the witness cave in. [Early 1800s]
Collapse, faint, or die from exhaustion, as in After a twenty-mile hike I caved in. [Mid-1800s]