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Crush spirit -- it's over (6)


I believe the answer is:


Here is my best explanation:

'crush' is the definition.


'spirit it's over' is the subsidiary indication.

'spirit' becomes 'elf'.

'over' says the letters should be written backwards.


'elfits' reversed gives 'stifle'.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for stifle that I've seen before include "Smother - 6 down (anag)", "Repress, choke", "Smother or suppress a feeling or action", "Gag", "Smother, check", "Curb", "Part of animal's leg", "Suffocate", "Choke" and "Itself (anag.)".)


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