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Freight drivers' club is taken over by function (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

cargo

Here is my best explanation:

'freight' is the definition.

('cargo' can be a synonym of 'freight')

'drivers' club is taken over by function' is the subsidiary indication.

'drivers' club' becomes 'rac' (UK automotive organisation).

'is taken over' is a reversal indicator.

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

'function' becomes 'go' ('go' can be a synonym of 'function').

'rac' backwards is 'car'.

'car'+'go'='cargo'

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for cargo that I've seen before include "Hold contents", "Stuff on board", "Transported goods", "Payload", "Carried goods", "What gets carried", "Ship's freight", "Goods carried by ship, aircraft", "Goods carried on ship or plane" and "Carried load".)

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