break down, literally or metaphorically
The wall collapsed
The business collapsed
The wall gave in
The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice
The dam broke
The roof collapsed
- the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it
How To Use cave in In A Sentence
- The roof or walls will not cave in.
- What prompted the government to cave in before was the total paralysis of the country. Times, Sunday Times
- Once back into the show cave section we moved swiftly along the walkways, exiting the cave in relative luxury.
- I had a nervous breakdown, everything just seemed to cave in on top of me.
- His transponder's signal had been coming from a cave in the nearby volcano.
- Houses can crack and cave in, but they can be rebuilt.
- The roof of the old house will cave in any time.
- Inside, the skylit cylinder's concave interior seems a vast space to fill.
- What started as a light shower grew so heavy that she and her daughter began to fear that the roof would cave in.
- The weight of the snow caused the roof of the cabin to cave in.