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Pierce small fruit (5)


I believe the answer is:


'pierce' is the definition.
(I know that spear is a more specific form of the action empale)

'small fruit' is the wordplay.
'small' becomes 's' (abbreviation - e.g. clothes size).
'fruit' becomes 'pear' (pear is a kind of fruit).

(Other definitions for spear that I've seen before include "Stabbing, throwing, weapon" , "Sharp-tipped weapon" , "Asparagus shoot" , "Old weapon" , "Sharp weapon" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times, The Sun and The Daily Express.
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