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Mother dawdles and wastes the doctor's time (9)


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'wastes the doctor's time' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are verbs in their -s form, I can't see how they can define each other.

'mother dawdles' is the wordplay.
'mother' becomes 'ma' (Ma is another word for mother or mum).
'dawdles' becomes 'lingers' ('linger' can be a synonym of 'dawdle').

'and' acts as a link.

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(Another definition for malingers that I've seen is " avoids duty".)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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