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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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A winner at Windsor 22 days ago on good to soft ground, the Ralph Beckett-trained filly eventually wore down long-time leader Jord.
Former World Open champion David Palmer raised the hopes of eight-times winners Australia when he wore down Nick Matthew 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 2-11 11-4, maintaining his career dominance over his rival in a clash between the top-ranked players of either side.
1.03 Plenty of punters got stuck in to Mickmacmagoole at 1.03 in running on Betfair when the Evan Williams-trained five-year-old carried Paul Moloney to the front on the approach to the last in the 2m3f handicap hurdle, but Mendosino, who was matched at 50 when scrubbed along two out, responded well to Alan O'Keeffe's urgings and wore down Mickmacmagoole on the run-in.
The admirable 10-1 chance ( entering the veteran stage at the age of 10 and the eldest in the eight-runner field ( thrived on the step-up in trip and wore down co-favourite Ryde Again on the run-in to prevail by three lengths under Graham Bradley.
It was Papal Bull who proved the stronger and wore down his rival to score by a neck and net the pounds 122,395 winner's purse.
Somerset's younger batsmen gradually wore down Worcestershire's four-man seam battery in a string of profitable partnerships.