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Feeling hot meal is missing starter (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

hunch

'feeling' is the definition.
(hunch is a kind of feeling)

I don't understand how the rest of the clue works.

Can you help me to learn more?

(Other definitions for hunch that I've seen before include "Premonition; hump", "Guess -- sit with bad posture", "Vague suspicion", "Inkling", "Intuitive guess".)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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