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Fellow protege, extremely lazy and faint-hearted (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

cowardly

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Here is my best explanation:

'faint-hearted' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'fellow protege extremely lazy' is the wordplay.
'fellow' becomes 'co' (I've seen this in other clues**).
'protege' becomes 'ward'.
'extremely' suggests removing the centre.
'lazy' with its middle taken out is 'ly'.
'co'+'ward'+'ly'='COWARDLY'

'and' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for cowardly that I've seen before include "Lily-livered", "Faint-hearted", "Lacking courage", "Yellow", "lacking courage", "chicken" and "yellow".)

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