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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CAVING

For a minute I felt like caving in his head, then and there, with the golf club I carried.

But as to caving in to Crofter as the cost of my shelter, they drew the line at that.

The banks are caving and the shape of the shores changing like everything.

Fainting was the prelude to caving in, with the women he knew.

The hay had been wet and was frozen, so there was no danger of its caving down on me.

I told Halkett the other day that if he didn't mind it would be caving in.

This was narrow enough, but the very banks had a caving, treacherous look.

The bank was so steep that, where there was no danger of its caving, we sat on its edge, as on a bench.

In the distance the caving of a bank sent down a heavy sound.

About the mouth of the well was a wire grass that seemed to prevent it caving in.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French cave "a cave, vault, cellar" (12c.), from Latin cavea "hollow" (place), noun use of neuter plural of adjective cavus "hollow," from PIE root *keue- "a swelling, arch, cavity" (see cumulus). Replaced Old English eorðscrafu. First record of cave man is 1865.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.