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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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The police should stick to the job of upholding the law and stop wearing down accelerator pedals on high-powered police vehicles.
Krohn, who served as a Pentagon public affairs officer during the first three and a half years of the Bush administration, points out that the unnecessary war in Iraq is rapidly wearing down our military, under-mining national morale, and emboldening actual and potential adversaries.
Problems included excessive wearing down of brakes: air conditioning: wind noise; shocks and struts: faded, cracked, or worn materials; worn or broken moldings; cracked and peeling paint; and various fluid leaks.