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Aim at office worker on short time (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

attempt

Here is my best explanation:

'aim' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'at office worker on short time' is the subsidiary indication.

'office worker' becomes 'temp' (I've seen this in other clues).

'on' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'short' indicates taking the first letters.

The first letter of 'time' is 't'.

'at'+'temp'+'t'='attempt'

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for attempt that I've seen before include "Have a crack", "Try, hazard", "Endeavor, try", "Try, endeavour", "Try to climb (a peak)", "Effort; go", "Bid", "Try, make an effort", "Essay" and "Tackle".)

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