Staying inside one's home as often as possible.
Example Citation:
For years we have been sold the notion that pre-prepared convenience meals were the future for a time-poor generation. Kitchens were obsolete, cooking would soon be an archaic hobby and mealtimes were whenever you felt hungry.
But now, reality has struck back with the planned closure last week of David Jones's Foodchain stores at Parramatta and Melbourne, which specialised in expensive gourmet, ready-to-go meals, "designed for today's busy lifestyles". The $40million failure of the concept, which has been linked to the early exit of David Jones chief executive Peter Wilkinson, must have shocked the futurists who were convinced we were all crying out for vacuum-packed beef bourguignon.
But it was doomed by a converging series of lifestyle trends which have been accelerated by the events of September 11. "Holing up" or "caving" is the name for the latest retreat into our homes.
— Miranda Devine, "Our Fast Food Lifestyle Is Ready To Go," Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia), September 22, 2002
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Social commentators have coined a new phrase for it: caving. It describes families who prefer being at home to just about anywhere else. Even those who flee the big cities for the coast are ending up spending their days — and nights — behind four secure walls.
— David Gibbs, "Back to the cave," Sunday Mail, January 6, 2002
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  • Caving — or spelunking is the recreational sport of exploring caves. In contrast, speleology is the scientific study of caves and the cave environment. [ Caving in New Zealand] (from Te …   Wikipedia

  • Caving — Cave Cave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Caving}.] [Cf. F. caver. See {Cave}, n.] To make hollow; to scoop out. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The mouldred earth cav d the banke. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caving — Höhle in Alabama. Das Höhlenwandern bzw. Caving ist die Begehung von Höhlen als Sport oder Hobby. Im Gegensatz zur Speläologie spielt dabei die wissenschaftliche Erforschung normalerweise eine untergeordnete Rolle auch wenn die eine oder andere… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • caving — noun Date: 1932 the sport of exploring caves ; spelunking …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • caving — /kay ving/, n. spelunking. [1865 70; CAVE1 + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • caving — noun The recreational sport of exploring caves …   Wiktionary

  • caving —    1. The sport of exploring caves.    Synonyms: (British.) potholing; spelunking.    2. A method of mining in which the ore is allowed to cave or fall [10] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • caving — cav|ing [ˈkeıvıŋ] n [U] BrE the sport of going into ↑caves deep under the ground American Equivalent: spelunking …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • caving — cav|ing [ keıvıŋ ] noun uncount the sport of walking and climbing through CAVES under the ground: SPELUNKING …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • caving — keɪv n. natural underground tunnel, hollow opening in the ground v. collapse, cease to resist, submit; cause to collapse …   English contemporary dictionary

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