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Gesture when in male corner (4,1,5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

cock a snook

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Here is my best explanation:

'gesture' is the definition.

I know nothing about this answer so I cannot judge whether this works.

'when in male corner' is the subsidiary indication.

I cannot really see how this works, but

'when' could be 'as' and 'as' is present in the answer.

'corner' could be 'nook' ('nook' can be a synonym of 'corner') and 'nook' is present in the answer.

The remaining letters 'cock' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't see.

This explanation may well be incorrect...

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for cock a snook that I've seen before include "Show contempt (with thumb touching nose and fingers spread)" and "Gesture contemptuously".)

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