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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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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.
The glamour of the glitzy fashion shows and super-slim super-models soon wears thin as she finds herself caught up in a murder plot that takes her around the catwalks of the world in search of a killer.
The novelty of hearing a two-and-a-half-minute excerpt from a Slayer concert recorded by a cell phone wears thin almost as quickly as Cat Rave, 2004, a wall-size projection (made in collaboration with Frankie Martin) of a family pet settling down in the middle of a psychedelic interior.