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Blunt criticism of decent chap joining club (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

brickbat

Here is my best explanation:

'blunt criticism' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'decent chap joining club' is the subsidiary indication.

'decent chap' becomes 'brick' (I've seen this in other clues).

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

'club' becomes 'bat' (bat is a kind of club).

'brick'+'bat'='brickbat'

'of' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for brickbat that I've seen before include "(Critic's) weapon", "Missile, criticism", "Hostile criticism - missile", "Highly critical remark", "Critical remark", "An uncomplimentary remark, or kind of missile", "Blunt criticism", "Building block used as missile" and "Piece of blunt criticism".)

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