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Obscure English Tories upset with Commons at first (8)

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I believe the answer is:

esoteric

Here is my best explanation:

'obscure' is the definition.

(seen before)

'english tories upset with commons at first' is the subsidiary indication.

'english' becomes 'e' (abbreviation).

'upset' indicates anagramming the letters.

'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'at first' says to take the initial letters.

The first letter of 'commons' is 'c'.

'tories' anagrammed gives 'soteri'.

'e'+'soteri'+'c'='esoteric'

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for esoteric that I've seen before include "Abstruse, obscure", "Mysterious to all but a chosen few", "Understood by only a few people", "Coteries (anag.)", "Obscure, abstruse", "Tie score (anagram)", "Intelligible only to the initiated", "Secret; taught to few", "I set core up to be mysterious" and "Secret, mysterious".)

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