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Pest forced a team to withdraw (4,5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

step aside

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Here is my best explanation:

'withdraw' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'pest forced a team' is the subsidiary indication.
'forced' is an anagram indicator.
'team' becomes 'side' (I've seen this before**).
'pest' with letters rearranged gives 'step'.
'step'+'a'+'side'='stepaside'

'to' is the link.

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(Another definition for step aside that I've seen is "To get out of the way".)

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