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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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To all of you coaches whose days we may have accidentally lengthened or worn thin, we apologize for hitting under .200 for the day--and promise to keep remembering all the good things in life that we learned from the experience.
But the joke's worn thin for R&B crooner Craig David, who moans that he's "tired" of the latex character created by Avid Merrion (right).
The joke of her not being about to sing has worn thin. Unlike Jo.