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A state of failure (4)


I believe the answer is:


This clue is a double definition.

'a state' is the first definition.
(I've seen this before)

'failure' is the second definition.
(I know that miss is a type of failure)

'of' is the link.

(Other definitions for miss that I've seen before include "Fail to hit; girl" , "Teacher" , "One is as good as a mile" , "maiden" , "teacher's address" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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