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Crush spirit -- it's over (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

stifle

Here is my best explanation:

'crush' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

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

'spirit' becomes 'elf'.

'over' says the letters should be written backwards.

'elf'+'its'='elfits'

'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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