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Thought of a US soldier wearing denim pants (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

imagined

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Here is my best explanation:

'thought' is the definition.
('imagine' can be a synonym of 'think')

'a us soldier wearing denim pants' is the wordplay.
'us soldier' becomes 'gi' (I've seen this in other clues).
'wearing' is an insertion indicator.
'pants' indicates anagramming the letters (UK informal term for 'nonsense' or 'rubbish').
'a'+'gi'='agi'
'denim' with letters rearranged gives 'imned'.
'agi' placed within 'imned' is 'IMAGINED'.

'of' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for imagined that I've seen before include "Supposed", "Thought", "Conceived of", "Created in the mind", "Formed a mental picture", "thought", "Fancied", "Dreamed", "Not based on fact, dubious" and "Visualised".)

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