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Retain what might have been won (3)


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'retain' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'might have been won' is the wordplay.
'won' can be anagrammed to 'OWN'.
However, I am not sure how this is indicated.

'what' is the link.

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(Other definitions for own that I've seen before include "Posses" , "Personal; possess" , "Possess - recognise - admit" , "Allow" , "Be in legal possession of (3)" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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