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Swimmer in underwear abandoning the lake (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

ling

Here is my best explanation:

'swimmer' is the definition.

(ling is a kind of fish)

'underwear abandoning the lake' is the subsidiary indication.

'underwear' becomes 'lingerie' (lingerie is a kind of underwear).

'abandoning' indicates named letters should be taken away.

'the lake' becomes 'erie' (Lake Erie is one of the Canadian/US 'Great Lakes').

'lingerie' with 'erie' taken away is 'ling'.

'in' is the link.

(Other definitions for ling that I've seen before include "Heather - fish", "Common heather", "Cod-like fish", "Fish; heather", "Slender food fish", "Burbot", "A fish and a heather" and "Fish of the cod family".)

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