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Keep short jack, say, in vehicle (5,3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

stock car

Here is my best explanation:

'vehicle' is the definition.

(stock car is a kind of vehicle)

'keep short jack say' is the subsidiary indication.

'keep' becomes 'stock' (**).

'short' means to remove the last letter.

'jack say' becomes 'card' (jack is a kind of card).

'card' with its last letter removed is 'car'.

'stock'+'car'='stockcar'

'in' is the link.

(Other definitions for stock car that I've seen before include "Vehicle adapted for deliberate crashes", "Production-line vehicle modified for racing", "Modified motor for racing and ramming", "Production vehicle used in racing", "Vehicle used in racing" and "Vehicle adapted for bumping races".)

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