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  • n. The act of something collapsing or caving in.
  • n. The location where something has caved in.
  • n. The act of relenting.
  • v. To collapse inward or downward.
  • v. To relent; to acquiesce; to comply; to grant approval; to lose willpower.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it
  • v. break down, literally or metaphorically


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  • Others in straw skeps, grey as old thatch and starting to soften up and cave in at the crowns.

    Cold Mountain

  • Instead, he said, "Don't make me cave in your skinny chest, bee-yotch."

    You Suck

  • As it was, I had not the least advantage by it or benefit from it; but there it lay in a drawer, and grew mouldy with the damp of the cave in the wet seasons; and if I had had the drawer full of diamonds, it had been the same case-they had been of no manner of value to me, because of no use.

    Robinson Crusoe

  • Bin Laden also well understood how the Tora Bora caves where he sat down with Atwan for an interview and a photographic session would have a certain resonance in the Muslim world, as it was in a cave in the mountains that the Prophet Mohammed had first received the revelations of the Koran.

    The Longest War

  • Brun didn't have an answer, and Creb's rationale seemed to offer some guidelines, but why did the girl have to bring the rabbit into the cave in the first place?

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • Stalagmites reared up from the base of the cave in clusters, overlying caves and grottoes.

    Crusader Gold

  • He remembered what Menolly had said about fishing from her cave in the Dragon Stones, but he hadn't so much as a line.

    Dragon Drums

  • "Yes," he replied, "absolutely sans mademoiselle; for I am to take mademoiselle to the moon, and there I shall seek a cave in one of the white valleys among the volcano-tops, and mademoiselle shall live with me there, and only me."

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. II.

  • My new listing has a man cave in the extra workshop/garage - complete with cable, lazy-boy chairs, and a wood stove.

    ActiveRain Real Estate Network

  • At the seventh hour (one o'clock p. m.) all proceeded to the Mount of Olives, Eleona, the cave in which Our

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip


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