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With unusual old tree, I stood around (8)


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'around' is the definition.
The answer and definition are not the same part of speech. However, past participle verbs and adjectives can occasionally define each other.

'with unusual old tree i stood' is the wordplay.
'with' indicates putting letters inside.
'unusual' indicates anagramming the letters.
'old' becomes 'o' (common abbreviation eg in OE for Old English).
'stood' becomes 'ld' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'otreei' is an anagram of 'oitere'.
'oitere' inserted within 'ld' is 'LOITERED'.

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(Other definitions for loitered that I've seen before include "Hung around idly, dawdled" , "Dallied" , "Stood around aimlessly" , "Kicked heels" , "dilly-dallied" .)

I've seen this clue in The Daily Express.
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