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American taking a long time in customs (6)


I believe the answer is:


'customs' is the definition.
(I know this)

'american taking a long time' is the wordplay.
'american' becomes 'us' (abbreviation for United States).
'taking' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'a long time' becomes 'ages' (ages can mean a very long time).

'in' is the link.

(Other definitions for usages that I've seen before include "Habitual practices with words" , "Customary treatments, practices" , "Customs." , "speech patterns" , "Linguistic norms" .)

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