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Slander REM as "pants" (5)

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I believe the answer is:

smear

Here is my best explanation:

'slander' is the definition.

('smear' can be a synonym of 'slander')

'rem as pants' is the subsidiary indication.

'pants' is an anagram indicator (UK informal term for \'nonsense\' or \'rubbish\').

'rem'+'as'='remas'

'remas' is an anagram of 'smear'.

(Other definitions for smear that I've seen before include "Slanderous denigration of character", "Blot or daub", "Sully", "Greasy/sticky mark", "Dirty mark; aspersion", "Spread a greasy or sticky substance over something", "Besmirch", "Defame", "Smudge" and "Unwarranted accusation".)

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