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Fellow dallied not half in affair (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

fling

Here is my best explanation:

'affair' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'fellow dallied not half' is the subsidiary indication.

'fellow' becomes 'f' (abbreviation - of a society etc.).

'dallied' becomes 'lingered' ('linger' can be a synonym of 'dally').

'not half' suggests halving the letters.

'lingered' halved 'ling'.

'f'+'ling'='fling'

'in' is the link.

(Other definitions for fling that I've seen before include "Throw angrily in spell of indulgent pleasure", "Brief relationship", "Toss", "Brief affair; throw", "Throw, cast", "Throw - short affair", "Throw; Scottish dance", "Highland dance - spell of way-out behaviour", "Launch or propel" and "Throw as in Highland dance?".)

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