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Dear little cuckoo harmed (3-7)

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I believe the answer is:

ill-treated

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Here is my best explanation:

'harmed' is the definition.

'dear little cuckoo' is the wordplay.
'cuckoo' indicates an anagram.
'dear'+'little'='dearlittle'
'dearlittle' anagrammed gives 'ILL-TREATED'.

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