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well

the open space in the centre of a law court.

WELL. A hole dug in the earth in order to obtain water.
     2. The owner of the estate has a right to dig in his own ground, at such a distance as is permitted by law, from his neighbor's land; he is not restricted as to the size or depth, and is not liable to any action for rendering the well of his neighbor useless by so doing. Lois des Bat. part. 1, c. 3, sect. 2, art. 2, Sec. 2.

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Cavendish," said Poirot gravely, "that you would do well not to buoy yourself up with any false hopes.
I was relieved when she shook me by the hand, with her well remembered painful grip.
Well, now, to continue our supposititious case, the couple--not necessarily a guilty couple--realize after the murderer is gone that they have placed themselves in a position in which it may be difficult for them to prove that they did not themselves either do the deed or connive at it.
Well, well," said Holmes gleefully, "you have indeed done some solid work while I have been sitting spinning theories with my friend
The presence of ventilating shafts and wells along the hill slopes--everywhere, in fact except along the river valley --showed how universal were its ramifications.
I wasted some time in futile questionings, conveyed, as well as I was able, to such of the little people as came by.
I hoped you would have him all the evening, as well as all dinner-time.
Yet perchance the first who came to this well have left some trace of their footsteps.
It is very certain, at any rate, that once there was no pond here, and now there is one; and this Indian fable does not in any respect conflict with the account of that ancient settler whom I have mentioned, who remembers so well when he first came here with his divining-rod, saw a thin vapor rising from the sward, and the hazel pointed steadily downward, and he concluded to dig a well here.
During this conversation they had been walking up the steep pathway and now found themselves well up on the mountain.
Now, Rosa, you know very well what I mean, my dear.
To everything cleanly am I well disposed; but I hate to see the grinning mouths and the thirst of the unclean.