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Disturb small fish (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

shake

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Here is my best explanation:

'disturb' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'small fish' is the wordplay.
'small' becomes 's' (abbreviation - e.g. clothes size).
'fish' becomes 'hake' (hake is a kind of fish).
's'+'hake'='shake'

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for shake that I've seen before include "Flavoured milk drink", "Upset", "Tremble, quake", "Quiver", "Vibrate; drink", "damaging blow", "Rattle", "Shiver", "Jolt or agitate" and "Agitate".)

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