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Use artillery for cover (5)

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I believe the answer is:

shell

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'cover' is the definition.
(shell is a kind of cover)

I can't explain the rest of the clue.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for shell that I've seen before include "Outside of an egg", "attack with bombs", "cover", "Empty case", "Characteristic feature of crustacean", "Explosive projectile", "Walls of gutted building", "Carapace; bombard", "Outer covering of 1 across, say" and "A little pasta".)

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