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Firm can shut when ruined (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

staunch

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Here is my best explanation:

'firm' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'can shut when ruined' is the wordplay.
'when ruined' indicates anagramming the letters.
'can'+'shut'='canshut'
'canshut' with letters rearranged gives 'STAUNCH'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for staunch that I've seen before include "Firm in loyalty", "Watertight", "Dependable; stem", "Trusty - steadfast", "Stop bleeding; trusty", "Reliable", "Plug", "Arrest", "Firm; stem" and "Loyal, committed".)

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