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Almost look up to a liberal officer (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

admiral

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Here is my best explanation:

'officer' is the definition.
(admiral is a kind of officer)

'almost look up to a liberal' is the wordplay.
'almost' means to remove the last letter (most of the word but not all of it).
'look up to' becomes 'admire' ('admire' can be a synonym of 'look up to').
'a liberal' becomes 'al' (I've seen this in other clues).
'admire' with its final letter taken away is 'admir'.
'admir'+'al'='ADMIRAL'

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for admiral that I've seen before include "foremost in fleet", "[NELSON] perhaps", "Chief commander of fleet", "Navy bigwig", "Navy rank", "Senior naval officer", "Navy chief", "Red butterfly at sea?", "Rank" and "Officer".)

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