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Time to embrace ruffian (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

thug

Here is my best explanation:

'ruffian' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'time to embrace' is the subsidiary indication.

'time' becomes 't'.

'to embrace' becomes 'hug' (hug is a kind of embrace).

't'+'hug'='thug'

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for thug that I've seen before include "Criminal", "hooligan", "Hoodlum", "undesirable character", "Ruffian", "Violent hoodlum", "A vicious or brutal ruffian", "Gangster", "16 21 [INDIAN IMPORT]" and "Violent ruffian".)

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