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WEAR. A great dam made across a river, accommodated for the taking of fish, or to convey a stream to a mill. Jacob's Law Dict. h.t. Vide Dam.

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Drastic action, including the possibility of installing fences and gates around the borough's parks, is to be looked at as patience over the travellers begins to wear thin.
Prediction: All this hellish searching for a nonexistent group solution will wear thin, one of these generations.
Yet the ironic, heaped-on arbitrariness of the gestures can wear thin - here a lilac wall, there a vaguely guitar-shaped window- leaving the visitor gasping for some clarity and simplicity, some semblance of intelligible continuo to contain the maniacal extemporising.
However, as time progressed, the prestige began to wear thin, with the expenditure of hundreds of thousands of dollars up-front to purchase these systems, and additional costs of ownership through on-going software updates, support costs, IT staff, maintenance fees and hardware upgrades.
Philippa Oldham of the IME said: "The warm words about UK manufacturing we have been hearing over the past two years are starting to wear thin.