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Female with new hat and close-fitting dress (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

sheath

Here is my best explanation:

'close-fitting dress' is the definition.

'female with new hat' is the subsidiary indication.

'female' becomes 'she' (**).

'with' means one lot of letters go next to another.

'new' indicates an anagram.

'hat' is an anagram of 'ath'.

'she'+'ath'='sheath'

'and' is the link.

(Other definitions for sheath that I've seen before include "Scabbard", "coat", "Condom", "Covering for blade", "Sword case", "Blade-cover", "Holder for a dagger", "case for weapon", "jacket" and "Cover protecting".)

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