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Permanently give up excess consumption ... (3,4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

for good

Here is my best explanation:

'permanently' is the definition.

('for good' can be a synonym of 'permanently')

'give up excess consumption' is the subsidiary indication.

'give up' becomes 'forgo' ('forgo' can be a synonym of 'give up').

'excess consumption' becomes 'od' (abbreviation for overdose).

'forgo'+'od'='forgood'

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for for good that I've seen before include "Permanently - that's not bad", "Purpose of charitable work", "Permanently, always", "Informally, once and for all" and "on the side of the angels".)

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