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Shoot of tree beginning to emerge (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

fire

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Here is my best explanation:

'shoot' is the definition.
(firing is a kind of shooting)

'tree beginning to emerge' is the subsidiary indication.
'tree' becomes 'fir' (fir is a kind of tree).
'beginning to' indicates taking the first letters.
The first letter of 'emerge' is 'e'.
'fir'+'e'='fire'

'of' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for fire that I've seen before include "Trigger", "See 5", "Flame - dismiss - shoot", "cut", "Ready, aim . . . .", "Discharge (gun)", "There's no smoke without it", "Blaze - discharge", "Set light to; shoot" and "Sack; discharge (a gun)".)

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