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cave in

 /ˈkeɪv ˈɪn/
phrasal verb with cave verb
  • (FALL IN)

(of a ​structure) to ​fall in ​suddenly, esp. because of a ​lack of ​support: The building’s ​roof caved in under the ​weight of the ​snow.

cave in

phrasal verb with cave verb
  • (AGREE TO)

to ​agree to ​demands that you ​originallyopposed because you have ​becometired or ​frightened: She ​accused the ​university of caving in to ​politicalpressures.
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