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A cutter's loaded with meagre rations (10)


I believe the answer is:


'rations' is the definition.
(allowance is a kind of ration)

'a cutter's loaded with meagre' is the wordplay.
'cutter's' becomes 'lances' (lance is a kind of cutter).
'loaded with' indicates putting letters inside.
'meagre' becomes 'low' (meagre can mean low or inadequate).
'lances' enclosing 'low' is 'llowances'.

(Other definitions for allowances that I've seen before include "excuses" , "rations" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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