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Half-cut banter in bar (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

rail

Here is my best explanation:

'bar' is the definition.

(rail is a kind of bar)

'half-cut banter' is the subsidiary indication.

'half-cut' suggests halving the letters.

'banter' becomes 'raillery' ('raillery' can be a synonym of 'banter').

'raillery' halved 'rail'.

'in' is the link.

(Other definitions for rail that I've seen before include "Scold, berate", "British --; picture --", "Bar; waterbird", "The permanent way", "Part of train track", "Track for wheels", "Bar of rolled steel", "Fulminate - wading bird", "Safety bar; bird" and "Abuse, scold".)

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