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Old cronies abandoned leader and fell into disarray (6)


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'old' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

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(Other definitions for senior that I've seen before include "Elder (of two)" , "Higher in status" , "More advanced in years or authority" , "Higher in rank or age" , "Older or higher in standing" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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