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Meaning of CAVE IN

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  1. [n]  the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it
  2. [v]  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"
 Synonyms: break, collapse, fall in, founder, give, give way, subsidence
 See Also: buckle, change, collapse, crumple, flop, go off, implode, sink, slide down, slump



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