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Gas that is to escape slowly after houseroom evacuated (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

schmooze

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Here is my best explanation:

'gas' is the definition.
(both can mean to chat)

'that is to escape slowly after houseroom evacuated' is the wordplay.
'that is' becomes 'sc' (abbrv. for Latin scilicet; 'namely').
'to escape slowly' becomes 'ooze'.
'after' says to put letters next to each other.
'evacuated' says to hollow out the word (remove centre letters).
'houseroom' with its centre taken out is 'hm'.
'ooze' put after 'hm' is 'hmooze'.
'sc'+'hmooze'='SCHMOOZE'

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for schmooze that I've seen before include "Chat at a gathering", "Talk amicably, perhaps seeking a favour", "Chat in friendly manner", "Chat - gossip", "Chat socially", "circulate", "Talk intimately in order to manipulate", "chat", "Talk ingratiatingly to" and "Intimate and cosy gossip".)

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