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Allow penalty (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

sanction

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Here is my best explanation:

This clue is a double definition.

'allow' is the first definition.
(I've seen this before)

'penalty' is the second definition.
(thesaurus)

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for sanction that I've seen before include "Give approval to, authorise", "Attach a penalty to, or give approval", "measure taken against offending country?", "Officially approve", "A penalty", "coercive measure", "Penalty for breaking law", "OK", "Authorise" and "Ratification".)

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