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Might be a fool, you say, to leave (6)


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'leave' is the definition.

(deserting is a kind of leaving)

I don't understand the remainder of the clue.

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for desert that I've seen before include "Abandon, waterless area", "Abandon in Sahara", "Uncultivated", "Abandon - wilderness", "Barren area", "Sweet", "See 1", "Waterless area of land", "Abandon - barren region" and "Run away (from army)".)


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