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Firm can shut when ruined (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

staunch

Here is my best explanation:

'firm' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'can shut when ruined' is the subsidiary indication.

'when ruined' indicates anagramming the letters.

'can'+'shut'='canshut'

'canshut' anagrammed gives 'staunch'.

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for staunch that I've seen before include "Firm; stem", "Firm in loyalty", "Dependable; stop (flow)", "Very loyal, committed", "Stop bleeding; trusty", "Stop (a flow of blood)", "Faithful and true", "Dependable; stem", "Loyal, committed" and "Trustworthy".)

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