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Guard small door ... (6)

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I believe the answer is:

sentry

Here is my best explanation:

'guard' is the definition.

(sentry is a kind of guard)

'small door' is the subsidiary indication.

'small' becomes 's' (abbreviation - e.g. clothes size).

'door' becomes 'entry' ('entry' can be a synonym of 'door').

's'+'entry'='sentry'

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for sentry that I've seen before include "One posted on guard", "Sentinel, look-out", "Mil. guard", "Person standing watch", "Person posted to keep watch for some anticipated event", "Watchperson", "Watch", "Military guard", "Sentinel, watch" and "One who stands guard".)

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