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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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After several planes had landed, Terry's p patience wore thin.
It is true that Iraq's cooperation wore thin when members of the (highly successful) inspection team were exposed as spies, but chief weapons inspector Richard Butler withdrew the inspectors on Madeleine Albright's orders, circumventing the U.
Patience wore thin as 150,000 passengers were affected by the strikes.