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Copper river in shade of green? (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

sarge

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Here is my best explanation:

'copper' is the definition.
(informal way of addressing a police sergeant)

'river in shade of green?' is the wordplay.
'river' becomes 'r'.
'in' indicates putting letters inside.
'shade of green?' becomes 'sage'.
'r' going inside 'sage' is 'SARGE'.

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This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for sarge that I've seen before include "Local police officer", "NCO (colloq.)", "Police officer" and "Officer".)

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