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Frenchman in row starts next to Barney in the local (8)

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argument

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Here is my best explanation:

'barney in the local' is the definition.

'argument' can be an answer for 'barney' (thesaurus). I am not sure about the 'in the local' bit.

'frenchman in row starts next to' is the subsidiary indication.

'frenchman' becomes 'm' (abbreviation for Monsieur - like 'Mr').

'in' is an insertion indicator.

'row' becomes 'argue' (I've seen this before**).

'starts' indicates taking the first letters.

The initial letters of 'next to' is 'nt'.

'm' inserted inside 'argue' is 'argume'.

'argume'+'nt'='argument'

This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for argument that I've seen before include "Dispute", "Opposed points of view", "Discussion - line of proof", "Clash of opinions", "Heated disagreement", "Barney", "that may be constructed on premises", "Debate - disagreement", "'Debate, row (8)'" and "Contentious debate".)

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