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the open space in the centre of a law court.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

WELL. A hole dug in the earth in order to obtain water.
     2. The owner of the estate has a right to dig in his own ground, at such a distance as is permitted by law, from his neighbor's land; he is not restricted as to the size or depth, and is not liable to any action for rendering the well of his neighbor useless by so doing. Lois des Bat. part. 1, c. 3, sect. 2, art. 2, Sec. 2.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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If you know how to raise and train a "damaged" dog, do you know how easy it would be to raise and train a well-bred puppy who has been brought up in ideal conditions?
Yet, he blames the impresarios even more for skimping on the $5,000 cost of ferocious, full-grown and well-bred bulls, "Without a good animal, it is very hard for even the best bullfighter to look good," explains Paez.
The Wild Man's disillusioned gay hero is Antonio Escudero, a great bullfighter now hobbled by a near-fatal injury, the responsibilities of running his family estate, and the inevitable onrush of marriage with the well-bred girl his family has betrothed him to.
The reappreciation of English literature by the rebellious but still well-bred colonial, the forceful interpretation of Herman Melville (still little appreciated by specialists), and above all the track of the color line across all American (and also West Indian) culture is seen and described memorably.
Graham-Dixon is also young, good-looking, well-read and well-bred, respectful toward his elders, and has therefore been rewarded with plummy publishing and broadcasting contracts: a monograph on Howard Hodgkin, A History of British Art, a BBC2 special on Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa (a favorite Graham-Dixon subject), and another, about the Renaissance, in the works.
Allen, a well-bred, well-connected Brit, was a product of that country's elite public schools system.
Well-born, well-bred, and initially owned by kind masters, he is sold to successively crueler owners.
The major events in FDR's life were (1) his conquest of the polio that crippled him, at age 39 in 1921, for life and (2) the effect on the Eleanor-Franklin relationship of the love affair he had - pre-polio - with Eleanor's social secretary, Lucy Mercer, a younger woman "tall, beautiful, and well-bred, with a low throaty voice and an incomparably winning smile."
Notable for its realism, sincerity, and dry humor, the work revealed the sentiments of a well-bred Englishwoman whose initial dislike for her new home eventually turned to affection and belief in Canada's potential greatness.
The lowly two-cycle engine may never replace its well-bred four-cycle cousin, but researchers at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Tex., have just sent the two-cycle engine to finishing school.
Bean Feasa 3.05 Gowran Park SP forecast 5-4 Well-bred half-sister to the smart Teofilo and she stepped up on last season's maiden form when fifth in the 7f Group 3 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on her seasonal reappearance this month.
When the owners of Radharc Nahabhainn put the well-bred gelding up for sale at Ascot last month they didn't exactly go down the Arthur Daley route of sales speak.