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Badly built car needs a drop of engine oil (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

lubricate

Here is my best explanation:

'oil' is the definition.

('lubricate' can be a synonym of 'oil')

'badly built car needs a drop of engine' is the subsidiary indication.

'badly' indicates an anagram.

'needs' means one lot of letters go next to another.

'a drop of' suggests taking the first letters.

The first letter of 'engine' is 'e'.

'built'+'car'='builtcar'

'builtcar' anagrammed gives 'lubricat'.

'lubricat'+'e'='lubricate'

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for lubricate that I've seen before include "Coat with oil to reduce friction", "Make slippery", "Apply oil/grease", "Oil (a mechanism)", "Oil, grease", "Grease, oil" and "Apply oil or grease to".)

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