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Dear little cuckoo harmed (3-7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

ill-treated

Here is my best explanation:

'harmed' is the definition.

'dear little cuckoo' is the subsidiary indication.

'cuckoo' indicates an anagram.

'dear'+'little'='dearlittle'

'dearlittle' anagrammed gives 'illtreated'.

This clue was last seen in The Guardian
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