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Measure following clean-up operation in American state (10)

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I believe the answer is:

washington

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Here is my best explanation:

'american state' is the definition.
(Washington is an example)

'measure following clean-up operation' is the wordplay.
'measure' becomes 'ton' (ton is a kind of measure).
'following' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'clean-up operation' becomes 'washing' (washing is a process of cleaning up).
'ton' after 'washing' is 'WASHINGTON'.

'in' acts as a link.

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