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Allow penalty (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

sanction

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)

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for sanction that I've seen before include "Attach a penalty to, or give approval", "Permit - punishment for breach of treaty", "Give final permission", "Authorisation", "Give authority or permission to", "Official approval; penalty", "Allow; penalty", "Authorise", "Penalty for breaking law" and "Allow; punish".)

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