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Mirror? One friend holds it (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

imitate

Here is my best explanation:

'mirror?' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'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'.

'i'+'mitate'='imitate'

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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