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Cancelling hair-removal treatment after losing weight (5)

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I believe the answer is:

axing

Here is my best explanation:

'cancelling' is the definition.

'hair-removal treatment after losing weight' is the subsidiary indication.

'hair-removal treatment' becomes 'waxing'.

'after losing' indicates named letters should be taken away.

'weight' becomes 'w'.

'waxing' with 'w' taken out is 'axing'.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for axing that I've seen before include "Reducing expenditure sharply", "cutting", "Dismissing (employees)", "Chopping, wood or jobs say", "Cutting down" and "Sacking".)

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