cave-in

noun
\ ˈkāv-ˌin How to pronounce cave-in (audio) \

Definition of cave-in

1 : the action of caving in
2 : a place where earth has caved in

First Known Use of cave-in

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cave-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cave-in. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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