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Short distance for last four characters in 3 down (4)

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I believe the answer is:

step

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'short distance' is the definition.

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This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for step that I've seen before include "Indian garment", "Stride", "Movement of the foot", "short distance", "Pace; rung", "'Stage, rung (4)'", "Prefix meaning related by remarriage", "Manner of walking", "Dance movement" and "Set foot down on pest".)

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