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A drink to help recuperate (3)


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'a drink' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I don't understand how one could define the other.

'help recuperate' is the wordplay.
'help' says the answer is hidden in the clue (I've seen 'helping of' mean this (I've seen this in other clues)).
'CUP' is hidden in the letters of 'recuperate'.

'to' is the link.

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(Other definitions for cup that I've seen before include "McCarthy, Walker or Maguire" , "competition" , "Prize; vessel" , "Trophy; drinking vessel" , "Drinking bowl" .)

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