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A foot at the rear of a ship (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

aft

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'rear of a ship' is the definition.
'aft' can be an answer for 'rear' (I've seen this before). I'm not sure about the 'of a ship' bit.

'a foot at the' is the wordplay.
'foot' becomes 'f' (abbreviation).
'at' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'the' becomes 't' (the is pronounced as a 't' sound in some dialects).
'a'+'f'+'t'='AFT'

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(Other definitions for aft that I've seen before include "Of ship, fat in the rear" , "back to sailors" , "towards the end" , "Rear part" , "Near the rear (of ship)" .)

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