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Cocktail skier (8)

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I believe the answer is:

highball

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Here is my best explanation:

This might be a double definition.

'cocktail' is the first definition.

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'skier' is the second definition.

Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I cannot understand how they can define each other.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for highball that I've seen before include "Mixed alcoholic drink; go fast", "Spirit and soda in tall glass - lob (8);", "Cocktail served in a tall glass", "Long drink of spirit and mixer", "speed?", "Cocktail drunk", "Whisky and soda with ice", "Beverage", "Drink" and "Iced alcoholic drink in tall glass".)

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