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“A terrible slob,” I add, “hard to get rid of” (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

abolish

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Here is my best explanation:

'get rid of' is the definition.
('abolish' can be a synonym of 'get rid of')

'a terrible slob i add hard' is the wordplay.
'terrible' is an anagram indicator.
'add' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'hard' becomes 'h' (abbreviation used in pencil classifications).
'slob'+'i'='slobi'
'slobi' is an anagram of 'bolis'.
'a'+'bolis'+'h'='ABOLISH'

'to' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for abolish that I've seen before include "Get rid of", "Cancel or abrogate", "Do away with - end", "Axe", "Put an end to (custom)", "Annul - expunge", "Quash", "Formally do away with", "Cancel, annul" and "Put an end to, a rule perhaps".)

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