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Forced English, Dutch and American to return (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

made

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Here is my best explanation:

'forced' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'english dutch and american to return' is the wordplay.
'english' becomes 'e' (abbreviation).
'dutch' becomes 'd' (common abbreviation).
'and' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'american' becomes 'am' (abbreviation in some contexts).
'to return' is a reversal indicator.
'e'+'d'+'am'='edam'
'edam' reversed gives 'MADE'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for made that I've seen before include "Built", "Manufactured", "One renovating (painting)", "Produced", "Forced", "brought about", "Performed", "Constructed", "Created" and "Fabricated".)

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