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Fear of novelty washer in re­placement of a hip bone (9)

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I believe the answer is:

neophobia

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Here is my best explanation:

'fear of novelty' is the definition.
(fear of the new)

'washer in replacement of a hip bone' is the wordplay.
'washer' becomes 'o' (O resembles a metal ring or washer).
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'replacement of' is an anagram indicator (I've seen 'replacement' mean this).
'a'+'hip'+'bone'='ahipbone'
'ahipbone' is an anagram of 'neophbia'.
'o' going into 'neophbia' is 'NEOPHOBIA'.

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