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Adore holding son back (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

reverse

Here is my best explanation:

'back' is the definition.

(seen before)

'adore holding son' is the subsidiary indication.

'adore' becomes 'revere' (revering is a kind of adoring).

'holding' indicates putting letters inside.

'son' becomes 's'.

'revere' placed around 's' is 'reverse'.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for reverse that I've seen before include "contrary", "Move backwards", "Turn back to front", "Change", "Setback; go back", "Turn inside out or upside down", "Go backwards", "A setback", "Defeat - setback - other side" and "Rescind (decision)".)

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