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Cut church work (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

chop

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Here is my best explanation:

'cut' is the definition.

(chop is a kind of cut)

'church work' is the subsidiary indication.

'church' becomes 'ch' (common abbreviation).

'work' becomes 'op' (common abbreviation for 'opus').

'ch'+'op'='chop'

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This clue was last seen in Mirror

(Other definitions for chop that I've seen before include "Thick slice of meat including rib", "Cutting blow", "Hack", "Piece of meat - the sack", "Cutlet", "mutton slice", "Use a cleaver", "Reduce drastically", "Dissect" and "Cut into small pieces".)

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