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Damage volunteers with a rum cocktail (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

trauma

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Here is my best explanation:

'damage' is the definition.
(I have seen 'Emotional damage ' mean 'trauma' so perhaps 'damage' could also mean 'trauma')

'volunteers with a rum cocktail' is the wordplay.
'volunteers' becomes 'ta' (abbreviation for Territorial Army).
'with' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'cocktail' indicates an anagram.
'a'+'rum'='arum'
'arum' is an anagram of 'raum'.
'ta' placed around 'raum' is 'TRAUMA'.

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(Other definitions for trauma that I've seen before include "dreadful shock!", "Psychological 23", "Wound - emotional shock", "Emotional upset", "Deep distress; injury", "Emotional shock or physical injury", "Very distressing experience", "Emotional shock, long-lasting", "Nervous shock" and "Distressing experience".)

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