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Prop having increased intensity in game (7)

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I believe the answer is:

support

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Here is my best explanation:

'prop' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'increased intensity in game' is the wordplay.
'increased intensity' becomes 'up' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'in' indicates putting letters inside.
'game' becomes 'sport' (I've seen this before).
'up' put within 'sport' is 'SUPPORT'.

'having' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for support that I've seen before include "comfort", "Bear the weight of (something)", "Champion", "Help; bear", "Provide financial backing or bolster", "second", "Give assistance to", "Uphold", "Back up" and "Provide with food, clothing and shelter, or encouragement".)

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