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A place protecting women linked to religious education in a way (2,2,4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

as it were

Here is my best explanation:

'in a way' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'a place protecting women linked to religious education' is the subsidiary indication.

'place' becomes 'site' (site is a kind of place**).

'protecting' is an insertion indicator.

'women' becomes 'w'.

'linked to' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'religious education' becomes 're'.

'site' going around 'w' is 'sitwe'.

'a'+'sitwe'+'re'='asitwere'

This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for as it were that I've seen before include "you may say", "In a kind of way", "Historically ungrammatical", "So to speak", "As if it was actually so", "In sort of", "Just like if really so", "In a manner of speaking", "Seemingly" and "Like".)

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