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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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Acidic foods can make the teeth look yellow by wearing down the enamel.
?Fashion Parade was matched at 200 before wearing down Henry Croft (1.12) in the 1m2f maiden at Brighton under David Probert, who rides the tricky switchback track as well as any jockey.
"Aggressive play can also be wearing down the opposition and letting the ball go well.