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Uncertain place to go, when retreating into background (10)


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'uncertain' is the definition.

'place to go when retreating into background' is the wordplay.
'place to go' becomes 'lav' (short for lavatory, somewhere to 'go').
'when retreating' is a reversal indicator.
'into' is an insertion indicator.
'background' becomes 'ambient' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'lav' in reverse letter order is 'val'.
'val' inserted inside 'ambient' is 'AMBIVALENT'.

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(Other definitions for ambivalent that I've seen before include "Having opposing attitudes" , "Having mixed feelings (towards something)" , "with conflict in mind" , "Showing conflicted attitude" , "With conflicting emotions" .)

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