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A word from Jack about the poll (5)


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'poll' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both to do with contact as well as being verbs in their base form.
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(Other definitions for straw that I've seen before include "Dried grain stalk" , "It's clutched at in desperation" , "corny stuff" , "Dried grain stalks" , "Pale-yellow - through which one can drink" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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