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Avoid having nasty pest on team (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

sidestep

Here is my best explanation:

'avoid' is the definition.

(sidestepping is a kind of avoiding)

'nasty pest on team' is the subsidiary indication.

'nasty' is an anagram indicator.

'on' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'team' becomes 'side' (I've seen this before**).

'pest' is an anagram of 'step'.

'step' put after 'side' is 'sidestep'.

'having' is the link.

(Other definitions for sidestep that I've seen before include "Dodge (an issue?)" and "Dodge - circumvent".)

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