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Hitches a horse in a ship (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

snags

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Here is my best explanation:

'hitches' is the definition.
(snagging is a kind of hitching)

'a horse in a ship' is the wordplay.
'a horse' becomes 'nag' (nag is a kind of horse).
'in' indicates putting letters inside.
'a ship' becomes 'ss'.
'nag' placed inside 'ss' is 'SNAGS'.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for snags that I've seen before include "Hitches", "Problems", "Obstacles", "Drawbacks", "Unexpected obstacles" and "Unforeseen obstacles".)

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