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A retiring habit (10)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

nightdress

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'a retiring habit' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both man-made objects as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe you can see a link between them that I don't see?

'retiring habit' is the wordplay.
'retiring' becomes 'night' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'habit' becomes 'dress' (I've seen this before).
'night'+'dress'='NIGHTDRESS'

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(Other definitions for nightdress that I've seen before include "item of bedwear" , "Sleeping attire" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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