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A short dress, mother, to say the least (7)

Ross

I think it could be either:

minimum

minima

'the least' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'a short dress mother' is the wordplay.
'a short dress' becomes 'mini' (I've seen this before**).
'mother' becomes 'mum' (mum is a kind of mother).
'mini'+'mum'='MINIMUM'

'to say' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for minimum that I've seen before include "Least recorded value" , "Lower limit" , "Lowest value" , "The least of smallest amount possible" , "Nadir" .)

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