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Poach small duck (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

steal

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Here is my best explanation:

'poach' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'small duck' is the wordplay.
'small' becomes 's' (abbreviation - e.g. clothes size).
'duck' becomes 'teal' (teal is a kind of duck).
's'+'teal'='STEAL'

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for steal that I've seen before include "Snatch", "Illegally take", "Make off with", "Bargain", "Lift - pocket", "Take illegally", "Pinch", "lift", "pirate" and "Shoplift".)

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