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Miss ending after missing beginning (4)


I believe the answer is:


Here is my best explanation:

'miss' is the definition.

'ending after missing beginning' is the wordplay.
'ending' becomes 'close' (close is a kind of ending).
'after missing beginning' means to remove the first letter.
'close' with its initial letter removed is 'LOSE'.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph