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Many have to be cut short (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

mown

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Here is my best explanation:

'be cut short' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'many have' is the subsidiary indication.
'many' becomes 'm'.
'have' becomes 'own' ('own' can be a synonym of 'have').
'm'+'own'='mown'

'to' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for mown that I've seen before include "Block of cast metal", "Cut down with a blade" and "(Of grass) cut".)

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