Definition of cave in in US English:

cave in

phrasal verb

  • 1(of a roof or similar structure) subside or collapse.

    ‘the tunnel walls caved in’
    • ‘He was apparently writing a letter to his family and there is speculation that he may have saved the life of the boy next to him by shielding him when the roof caved in on them.’
    • ‘In one tiny schoolhouse the roof caved in after a heavy rain and prickly pear quickly began to take root inside.’
    • ‘The roof is caving in, and bats have taken over the empty structure.’
    • ‘We don't like to think about it, but what if you lose your job or the roof of your house caves in?’
    • ‘Doors were rotting, roofs of buildings were caving in, streets were littered with rusting machine-like objects.’
    • ‘The roof caved in and the windscreen was smashed.’
    • ‘She felt as if at any moment the roof would cave in on her and bury her alive.’
    • ‘More than 500 people were believed to be in the 110,000 sq ft exhibition hall when the roof caved in.’
    • ‘Her bathroom ceiling caved in last week after she had waited more than a month for repairs.’
    • ‘Mr Grove's housemate said he heard glass smashing and saw flames leaping up the stairs of the house before the ceiling caved in.’
    • ‘As many as 30 miners were trapped underground on Tuesday after a tunnel caved in at the mine.’
    • ‘Police wearing breathing masks manned posts to divert traffic away from the industrial estate where workers were evacuated from the blazing warehouse just as the roof was caving in.’
    • ‘A five-storey building under construction caved in on Saturday at the seaside town of Canacona, trapping workers on the site.’
    • ‘The roof had caved in and trees were growing through the gaping hole.’
    • ‘Now a corner, now a brick, the structure is caving in upon itself.’
    • ‘The roof caved in during the fire at the Chalkwell Park Rooms, a popular function suite on the edge of Chalkwell Park, Westcliff.’
    • ‘The road has caved into the drains at several points.’
    • ‘A fire broke out after the tunnel caved in on Sunday, and a number of survivors fled to safety on foot.’
    • ‘The couple's hardwood floor was destroyed but that was not the end of their troubles, as the roof then began to cave in.’
    • ‘Then the roof started caving in at that end of the station, everything seemed to happen in slow motion.’
    collapse, fall in, give, give way, crumble, crumple, disintegrate, subside, fall down, sag, slump
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    1. 1.1 Capitulate or submit under pressure.
      ‘the manager caved in to his demands’
      • ‘Other times he caved in to pressure, either from industry or pro-censorship forces.’
      • ‘Ministers have caved in to pressure from the farming industry over one of the most controversial proposals to prevent a repeat of last year's epidemic.’
      • ‘After rolling my eyes many many times this week, I eventually caved in.’
      • ‘A number of the country's biggest publishers say the strategy amounts to blackmail and are refusing to cave in.’
      • ‘The top players will continue to demand more money and eventually the league will cave in to the pressure from the big clubs.’
      • ‘Already the Danish government, which had announced plans to scale down ferry operations when the bridge opened, has caved in to public pressure to maintain the service.’
      • ‘So instead, the government caved in to their pressure.’
      • ‘My parents finally caved in and got me a landline phone in my room for my 14th birthday.’
      • ‘Numerous stations immediately caved in to the pressure.’
      • ‘She said the bus driver should never have let them get on if there was not enough room, and had caved in to pressure from other passengers.’
      • ‘Critics have also slammed the government for caving in to the demands of the mining industry and leaving loopholes "large enough for mining trucks to drive through".’
      • ‘She won't cave in to his demands that she admit the marriage was fraudulent.’
      yield, surrender, submit, succumb, back down, make concessions, capitulate, give in, give up, raise the white flag, show the white flag
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