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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The first known use of cave-in was in 1860

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“Cave-in.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cave-in. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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cave-in

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English Language Learners Definition of cave-in

: an occurrence in which something (such as the roof or walls of a building or cave) suddenly falls down or inward

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