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English definition of “cave in”

cave in

(AGREE) informal phrasal verb with cave     /keɪv/ verb
to agree to something that you were against before, after someone has persuaded you or threatened you: At first, they refused to sign the agreement, but they caved in when they heard another firm was being approached.Changing your mindAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyAccepting and agreeingApproving and approval
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