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Cutting tool used to be returned (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

saw

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Here is my best explanation:

'cutting tool' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'used to be returned' is the subsidiary indication.
'used to be' becomes 'was' (I've seen this before).
'returned' is a reversal indicator.
'was' in reverse letter order is 'saw'.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for saw that I've seen before include "Adage", "Spotted", "Observed; tool", "Perceived visually", "Wood-cutting tool", "hand tool", "Was turned into a cutting tool", "item in tool kit", "Old saying - cutting kind" and "Implement for cutting wood".)

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