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Dickensian characters pulled out kid's tooth (6)


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'tooth' is the definition.
(I know that canine is a type of tooth)

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(Other definitions for canine that I've seen before include "Pointed conical tooth" , "Doggy; tooth" , "Boxer" , "Fang" , "Tooth; dog" .)

I've seen this clue in The Irish Times.
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