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Detective's anger about old man getting run down (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

disparage

Here is my best explanation:

'run down' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'detective's anger about old man' is the subsidiary indication.

'detective's' becomes 'dis' (Detective Inspector).

'anger' becomes 'rage' (rage is a kind of anger**).

'about' means one lot of letters go next to another.

'old man' becomes 'pa' ('pa' can be a synonym of 'old man').

'rage' put after 'pa' is 'parage'.

'dis'+'parage'='disparage'

'getting' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for disparage that I've seen before include "I grasped a change to belittle", "Belittle", "Belittled", "Scorn", "Run down", "Slight" and "run down".)

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