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Mirror? One friend holds it (7)


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Here is my best explanation:

'mirror?' is the definition.


'one friend holds it' is the subsidiary indication.

'one' becomes 'i' (roman numeral).

'friend' becomes 'mate' (mate is a kind of friend**).

'holds' means one lot of letters goes inside another.

'mate' going around 'it' is 'mitate'.


This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for imitate that I've seen before include "Copy, ape", "Mimic or follow as a model", "'Ape, copy (7)'", "Simulate", "Do", "Copy (mannerisms)", "Take as a model", "Mock", "I tame it (anag)" and "Copy or mimic".)


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