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Officer's hat strap one's broken (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

captain

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Here is my best explanation:

'officer's' is the definition.
(captain is a kind of officer)

'hat strap one's broken' is the wordplay.
'hat' becomes 'cap' (I've seen this before).
'strap' becomes 'tan' (both can mean to hit as punishment).
'one' becomes 'i' (Roman numeral).
'broken' is an insertion indicator.
'tan' placed around 'i' is 'tain'.
'cap'+'tain'='CAPTAIN'

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for captain that I've seen before include "leader", "Officer", "Naval commander", "US policeman", "Chief", "American police officer", "One traditionally goes down with a sinking ship", "Is Pat Cain in charge of the ship?", "eg Hook, Cook" and "Leader".)

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