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Rate halved with bank not very often (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

rarely

Here is my best explanation:

'not very often' is the definition.

(seen before)

'rate halved with bank' is the subsidiary indication.

'halved' suggests halving the letters.

'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'bank' becomes 'rely'.

'rate' cut in half is 'ra'.

'ra'+'rely'='rarely'

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for rarely that I've seen before include "It's not often", "very well", "Seldom, not frequently", "Not very often, seldom in fact", "Very occasionally", "Hardly ever, most infrequently", "Very infrequently", "when hundred-to-one horse wins?", "once in a blue moon" and "Gas used in fluorescent signs".)

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