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Reduced, having fewer feathers? (3,4)


I believe the answer is:

cut down

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'reduced having fewer feathers?' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this definition defines the answer.

'reduced having fewer feathers?' is the wordplay.
'reduced' becomes 'cut' (similar in meaning).
'having' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'fewer feathers?' becomes 'down' (down can mean bird feathers. I am not sure about the 'fewer' bit.).
'cut'+'down'='CUT DOWN'

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(Other definitions for cut down that I've seen before include "Reduce the length of" , "Felled" , "Economise or despatch with sword" , "Fell a tree or reduce usage as in a diet" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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