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Crafty, stooping to pinch shilling (9)

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I believe the answer is:

designing

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Here is my best explanation:

'crafty' is the definition.

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'stooping to pinch shilling' is the subsidiary indication.

I cannot quite understand how this works, but

'shilling' could be 's' and 's' is present in the answer.

The remaining letters 'deigning' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.

This may be the basis of clue (or it may be nonsense).

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Another definition for designing that I've seen is "Acting in a calculating and deceitful way".)

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