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Lift head up, getting first prize (7)

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I believe the answer is:

jackpot

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Here is my best explanation:

'first prize' is the definition.
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'lift head up' is the wordplay.
'lift' becomes 'jack' (jacking is a kind of lifting).
'head up' becomes 'pot' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'jack'+'pot'='JACKPOT'

'getting' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for jackpot that I've seen before include "Big payout", "first prize", "Great thing to hit?", "Cumulative prize", "Hit the . . . . . . . - win the big prize", "pool", "Large cash prize", "Accumulated prize", "The big pay-out - hit it" and "major win".)

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