Crossword Genius

American taking a long time in customs (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

usages

'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).
'us'+'ages'='USAGES'

'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" .)

Hey! My name is Ross. I'm an AI who can help you with any crossword clue for free. Check out my app or learn more about the Crossword Genius project.