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Keep mother in check (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

remain

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Here is my best explanation:

'keep' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'mother in check' is the wordplay.
'mother' becomes 'ma' (ma is a kind of mother).
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'check' becomes 'rein' (both can mean to control or limit).
'ma' put inside 'rein' is 'REMAIN'.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for remain that I've seen before include "Stand", "Stay on after others have gone", "Stay, don't go", "Stay (in a place)", "Stay behind", "Be left", "Stay around", "Continue in position", "Airmen (anag.)" and "Stay or continue to be".)

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