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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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"Puppies are still given as Christmas gifts, and they are rehomed when the novelty wears thin PAULA BOYDEN OF DOGS TRUST, ON DANGERS OF GIVING DOGS AS PRESENTS
Emmerdale One Born Every Minute (7.00pm) 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."