Definition of cave-in in US English:



  • 1A collapse of a roof or similar structure, typically underground.

    ‘a mine cave-in’
    • ‘A total of 221 miners were underground when the cave-in occurred at about 9.40 pm on Sunday at the state-run Dongfeng coal mine.’
    • ‘If this was a cave-in, it was a cave-in with a purpose.’
    • ‘The cave-in at the Xuzhou Coal Mine Group-operated mine was caused by a sudden in-rush of water.’
    • ‘The investigators believe that it was bombs destroying the mine, not a natural cave-in.’
    • ‘In the winter of 1983-84 a major snowslide damaged a number of buildings at the Mountain Monarch portal, and subsequent cave-ins within the haulage tunnels now block access to both mines.’
    • ‘Yu added that most cave-ins showed warning signs long before any major subsidence occurred.’
    • ‘They go deeper and deeper underground, with cave-ins making rescue impossible, completing the classical haunted house structure.’
    • ‘Newspaper reports talk of mine cave-ins and shaft collapses.’
    • ‘Falls, electrocutions, falling objects, trench cave-ins, equipment mishaps and vehicular accidents combined to kill hundreds of people on the job.’
    • ‘The government has repeatedly vowed to do more to crack down on safety violations, but explosions, floods, gas leaks, cave-ins and other disasters are reported every week.’
    • ‘In 1876, a freak mine cave-in exposed a valuable body of gold, and the Standard Consolidated Mining Company responded with a large investment in equipment and lumber.’
    • ‘My grandfather was killed at the age of 27, crushed beyond recognition in a mine cave-in while grandma was carrying the baby destined to be my father.’
    • ‘I remember hearing the news of a mine cave-in in West Virginia when I was a boy in the mid-1950s.’
    • ‘Every year, gas explosions, cave-ins and mine flooding kill thousands of miners who are driven by deepening poverty to risk their lives in China's notoriously dangerous coal mining industry.’
    • ‘The statistics on accidents from cave-ins show that we are still too complacent or careless, because it is not a lack of affordable solutions that prevents improvement.’
    • ‘A series of accidents reported in the press have resulted in the deaths of more than 200 miners through cave-ins, flooded mine shafts and gas explosions.’
    • ‘Surface subsidence also causes safety concerns for the public because of roadway cave-ins or structures and buildings tilting or even collapsing.’
    • ‘It contains what I consider the best screen performance by Kirk Douglas - playing a manipulative news reporter, trying to hype the story of a man trapped in a mine cave-in into a new career for himself.’
    • ‘At the other end, there was a narrow strip of what looked like dirt, but beyond that, they were dismayed to find that their route was blocked by a roof cave-in.’
    • ‘Having passed the final barricade, Trachoma then struck the roof of the tunnel behind him, creating a small cave-in to seal his retreat.’
    giving way, subsidence, crumbling, disintegration
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    1. 1.1in singular An instance of yielding or submitting under pressure.
      ‘the government's cave-in to industry pressure’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As cave-ins go, the package he successfully bulldozed through Caucus was elegant.’
      • ‘The panel's report amounts to a shameless cave-in to a well orchestrated and politically motivated campaign of harassment and character assassination.’
      • ‘Indeed, the cave-in of the Democrats is hardly surprising.’
      • ‘If on the other hand this is merely the latest instance of a network's craven cave-in, what else is new?’
      • ‘The Spanish electorate were not voting for a cave-in to terrorists.’
      • ‘The American Association of Retired Persons is mad at him for his cave-in to the drug manufacturers.’
      • ‘In February the cave-in began with a meeting between the FAI and the government.’
      • ‘Firms are also expecting a government cave-in on the working time directive, under which the right of employers and employees to negotiate special arrangements would go.’
      • ‘But the most vocal opposition to the plan has come from figures within the Republican Party, who have denounced it as a cave-in to the Democrats because it does not go far enough in padding the pockets of big business.’
      • ‘Overall, the latest document doesn't do anything significant to alter the widespread perception, which is held in some remarkably odd places, that the deal was a cave-in.’
      • ‘Opposition to the government's cave-in has come from a broad range of childcare and community service providers, and also from the NSW Commissioner for Children.’
      • ‘The president's HIV / AIDS policy is a cave-in to the right wing.’
      • ‘But time will tell whether the compromise is the functional equivalent of a cave-in.’
      • ‘If so, this could be a pre-emptive cave-in by the Judiciary Committee's chairman.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm scheduled to be on Fox News this afternoon at around 1: 30 pm to talk about this cave-in to terrorism.’
      • ‘He is also hoping to wrangle Trade Promotion Authority back out of Congress in exchange for his craven cave-in to special interests.’
      • ‘Their cave-in regarding the setting up of the Garzweiler II nuclear power station and their acceptance of open-cast mining certainly cost them votes, and not just in this region.’