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Assess what rustlers do (4,5)


I believe the answer is:

take stock

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(Other definitions for take stock that I've seen before include "Review a situation - assess holdings" , "as shoplifters do" , "See how the land lies" , "Make an appraisal" , "Make inventory or examine own position" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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