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After losing case, tyrant has to employ advocate (7)

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I believe the answer is:

espouse

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Here is my best explanation:

'advocate' is the definition.
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'after losing case tyrant has to employ' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'employ' could be 'use' ('use' can be a synonym of 'employ') and 'use' is present in the answer.
This may be the basis of clue (or it may be nonsense).

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