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Anything but a terrible thug (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

aught

Here is my best explanation:

'anything' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'a terrible thug' is the subsidiary indication.

'terrible' indicates an anagram.

'thug' anagrammed gives 'ught'.

'a'+'ught'='aught'

'but' is the link.

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for aught that I've seen before include "Nothing", "Anything at all (archaic)", "Anything (Shakespearean)" and "Emphatically anything".)

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