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Dodgy Eastern pledge (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

earnest

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Here is my best explanation:

'pledge' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'dodgy eastern' is the wordplay.
'dodgy' is an anagram indicator.
'eastern' is an anagram of 'EARNEST'.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for earnest that I've seen before include "Sincere; enthusiastic", "Serious or heartfelt", "Oscar Wilde wrote ''The importance of Being . . . . . . . '' (7)", "promise", "Oscar Wilde play 'The Importance of Being . . . . . . .'", "Serious - money deposit", "Serious, intent", "money put down", "Determined - heartfelt" and "Art deserving".)

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