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stave sth in

mainly UK
verb uk phrasal verb with stave   /steɪv/ (staved or stove) us  
to push or hit something such as a door or other surface so that it breaks and falls towards the inside: A couple of teenagers were trying to stave in our shed door. The front of the ship was stove in where it had hit the rock.
Translations of “stave sth in”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使(門等)向內凹陷, 撞壞, 壓壞…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使(门等)向内凹陷, 撞坏, 压坏…
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