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Prison time breaks a gentleman (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

stir

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Here is my best explanation:

'prison' is the definition.
(informal term for prison)

'time breaks a gentleman' is the wordplay.
'time' becomes 't'.
'breaks' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'a gentleman' becomes 'sir' (I've seen this before).
't' placed within 'sir' is 'STIR'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for stir that I've seen before include "move very slightly, or agitate", "Wake; disturbance", "Go about", "Bustle, activity", "Slight movement", "Awaken", "fuss", "Thrill", "More very slightly, or agitate" and "Nick".)

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