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

Ross

I believe the answer is:

cowardly

Here is my best explanation:

'faint-hearted' is the definition.

(seen before)

'fellow protege extremely lazy' is the subsidiary indication.

'fellow' becomes 'co' (I've seen this in other clues).

'protege' becomes 'ward'.

'extremely' suggests removing the centre.

'lazy' with its middle removed is 'ly'.

'co'+'ward'+'ly'='cowardly'

'and' is the link.

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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