Crossword Genius

Refuse to admit what's concealed by the downtrodden youths (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

deny

Here is my best explanation:

'refuse to admit' is the definition.

(seen before)

'what's concealed by the downtrodden youths' is the subsidiary indication.

'what's concealed' says the answer is hidden in the clue.

'deny' is hidden in the letters of 'by downtrodden youths'.

This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for deny that I've seen before include "Refuse to give", "Refuse; repudiate", "Refuse to admit the truth", "Reject as false", "Abnegate", "Declare untrue", "Refuse to accept", "Gainsay", "Refuse to admit (something)" and "contest".)

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