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The bar on the left, always (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

lever

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Here is my best explanation:

'the bar' is the definition.
(lever is a kind of bar)

'on the left always' is the subsidiary indication.
'on' says to put letters next to each other.
'the left' becomes 'l' (common abbreviation).
'always' becomes 'ever' ('ever' can be a synonym of 'always').
'l' next to 'ever' is 'lever'.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for lever that I've seen before include "Bar turning on a fulcrum", "Bar for prising something", "Revel (anag.)", "exert force, in a way", "Pivoted bar", "Crowbar", "Heavy bar", "Prise using bar", "Pivoting bar, handle" and "Revel in lifting bar".)

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