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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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00pm) Carl's patience with his children wears thin when he discovers Anya ruined Scarlett's bag and lied about it, Natasha's attempts to help Maisie backfire.
We had fun dancing and dancing is a wonderfully enjoyable thing, but if the joke wears thin, if people begin to take things very seriously and if people are getting so wound up that it is very difficult to carry on the joke, then it is time to go.
These two can't live without each other, but they can't live without hurting each other, either, or when that wears thin, pummeling the maid.