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English noun: cave in

1. cave in (event) the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it


Broader (hypernym)collapse

English verb: cave in

1. cave in (motion) break down, literally or metaphorically

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsbreak, collapse, fall in, founder, give, give way

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)break, buckle, crumple, flop, go off, implode, sink, slide down, slump

Verb groupabandon, burst, collapse, give up

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