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Deserve to be near, perhaps (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

earn

Here is my best explanation:

'deserve' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'near perhaps' is the subsidiary indication.

'perhaps' indicates anagramming the letters.

'near' with letters rearranged gives 'earn'.

'to be' is the link.

(Other definitions for earn that I've seen before include "Acquire money by labour", "Gain by effort (4)", "Gain, take in", "Get by working", "Gain (money, reputation, etc)", "Twist out of shape", "Get paid", "Acquire by ones' effort", "Gain through labour or work" and "Gain by working".)

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