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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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NEW YORK: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out at anti-greed Occupy Wall Street activists Thursday after reports of self-policing, his patience seeming to wear thin with the seven-week old movement.
Though amusing for a while, Interview's physical restrictions wear thin as the pair get to know each other better.
When are all those excuses going to wear thin? How much longer can one night in Istanbul be allowed to paper over the cracks of domestic mediocrity?
But even these great moments wear thin after a time.
While the video looks luscious enough on first encounter (the inflated scale helps), its stars' narcissistic preening and pouting soon wear thin. Stylistically, there are disturbing echoes of '80s embarrassments Sigue Sigue Sputnik, and isn't that stop-motion ending straight out of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" video (which, while certainly an artifact, still makes AVAF's efforts look pedestrian)?
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. The slow-moving legal process involved in evicting travellers from sites has left residents and council chiefs increasingly frustrated.