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Put new energy into troubled lives -- one gets little thanks getting involved (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

vitalise

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Here is my best explanation:

'put new energy into' is the definition.

'troubled lives one gets little thanks getting involved' is the wordplay.
'troubled' indicates an anagram.
'one' becomes 'i' (Roman numeral).
'gets' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'little thanks' becomes 'ta' (short way of saying 'thank you').
'getting involved' indicates putting letters inside.
'lives'+'i'='livesi'
'livesi' anagrammed gives 'vilise'.
'vilise' going around 'ta' is 'VITALISE'.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Another definition for vitalise that I've seen is "Stimulate activity".)

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