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Head of army, for example, is giving protection (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

aegis

Here is my best explanation:

'protection' is the definition.

(aegis is a kind of protection)

'head of army for example is' is the subsidiary indication.

'head of' says to take the initial letters.

'for example' becomes 'eg' ('e.g.' can be a synonym of 'for example').

The first letter of 'army' is 'a'.

'a'+'eg'+'is'='aegis'

'giving' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for aegis that I've seen before include "Patronage", "Protection - guardianship", "Protection - patronage", "Sponsorship", "Protection (originally of Zeus)", "Protection or support", "Backing or support", "Protection (originally a shield)", "Protection or sponsorship" and "Kindly protection".)

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