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International player being dealt with submissively (3,2,4)


I believe the answer is:

cap in hand

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Here is my best explanation:

'submissively' is the definition.
(to go cap in hand is to humbly make a request)

'international player being dealt with' is the wordplay.
'international player' becomes 'cap' (a player who has earned international caps).
'being dealt with' becomes 'inhand' (I've seen this before).
'cap'+'inhand'='CAP IN HAND'


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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for cap in hand that I've seen before include "Humbly asking a favour", "Go thus like mendicant holding headgear", "with humility", "unassumingly", "Go bareheaded thus to be obsequious", "In begging posture", "In a servile way", "seeking favour", "in a respectful way" and "Go . . . . . . . . . to beg humbly, clutching headgear?".)

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