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Definition 1: the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for cave in in the sense of this definition

(cave in is a kind of ...) a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in

"the roof is in danger of collapse" "the collapse of the old star under its own gravity"

Definition 2: break down, literally or metaphorically - [verb of motion]

Samples where cave in or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for cave in in the sense of this definition

(cave in is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of cave in ) burst inward

"The bottle imploded"

(... is a kind of cave in ) fold or collapse

"His knees buckled"

(... is a kind of cave in ) fall loosely

"He flopped into a chair"

(... is a kind of cave in ) curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves

"The surf broke"

(... is a kind of cave in ) fall or sink heavily

"He slumped onto the couch" "My spirits sank"

(cave in has a similar meaning as ...) stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims

"He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage" "Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations"

(cave in has a similar meaning as ...) cause to burst

"The ice broke the pipe"

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