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Every year, a year's earnings? (3)

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I believe the answer is:

pay

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Here is my best explanation:

'earnings?' is the definition.

('pay' can be a synonym of 'earnings')

'every year a year's' is the subsidiary indication.

'every year' becomes 'pa' (per annum).

'a year' becomes 'y'.

'pa'+'y'='pay'

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This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for pay that I've seen before include "Profit", "Salary, wages", "Hand over money for", "Remuneration", "Give money in exchange for goods or services", "Remunerate", "Screw", "remuneration", "profitable" and "Financial reward".)

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