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Cut short, left work (3)


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Here is my best explanation:

'cut' is the definition.
(lopping is a kind of cutting)

'short left work' is the wordplay.
'short' indicates taking the first letters.
'work' becomes 'op' (abbreviation for opus).
The initial letter of 'left' is 'l'.

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard