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Appearance of a Republican opponent (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

arrival

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

'a republican opponent' is the wordplay.
'republican' becomes 'r' (abbreviation).
'opponent' becomes 'rival' (I've seen this before).
'a'+'r'+'rival'='ARRIVAL'

'of' is the link.

(Other definitions for arrival that I've seen before include "Achievement of destination", "Coming - comer", "Entry", "The reaching of one's destination", "Advent".)

I've seen this clue in Mirror.
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