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Yearns to have house on or very close to sea (9)

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I believe the answer is:

longshore

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Here is my best explanation:

'very close to sea' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this definition defines the answer.

'yearns to have house on' is the wordplay.
'yearns' becomes 'longs' ('long' can be a synonym of 'yearn').
'to have' says to put letters next to each other.
'house' becomes 'ho' (abbreviation for house).
'on' becomes 're' ('on' can be mean 'with reference to'**).
'longs'+'ho'+'re'='LONGSHORE'

'or' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for longshore that I've seen before include "Relating to the land bordering the sea" and "very close to the sea".)

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