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Noble, not having a chance (7)

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I believe the answer is:

imperil

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Here is my best explanation:

'chance' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'noble not having a' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'a' could be 'per' and 'per' is present in the answer.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for imperil that I've seen before include "Put at risk", "Put in danger", "Hazard", "Risk", "Expose", "Threaten, jeopardise", "put at risk", "Jeopardize", "put in danger" and "Jeopardise".)

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