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American taking a long time in customs (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

usages

'customs' is the definition.
('usage' can be a synonym of 'custom')

'american taking a long time' is the wordplay.
'american' becomes 'US' (United States).
'taking' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'a long time' becomes 'ages' (ages can mean a very long time).
'us'+'ages'='USAGES'

'in' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for usages that I've seen before include "Habitual practices with words" , "Customary treatments, practices" , "Customs." , "speech patterns" , "Linguistic norms" .)

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