After a short time stopped being looked after (6)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'being looked after' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)
'after a short time stopped' is the subsidiary indication.
'after' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'a short' says to take the initial letters.
'stopped' becomes 'ended' ('end' can be a synonym of 'stop').
The first letter of 'time' is 't'.
't' next to 'ended' is 'tended'.
(Other definitions for tended that I've seen before include "Had an inclination, or looked after", "Inclined or leaned towards", "Had leaning toward, or looke after", "Looked after", "Took care of or leant towards", "Inclined towards or took care of", "Had leaning or inclination toward", "Took care of or was inclined", "Cared for or looked after" and "Was inclined to have taken care of".)