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Arduous experience in gold trade (6)


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'arduous experience' is the definition.
(I know this)

'gold trade' is the wordplay.
'gold' becomes 'or' ('or' is the heraldic name for gold).
'trade' becomes 'deal' (synonyms).

'in' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for ordeal that I've seen before include "Prolonged distressing experience" , "Tough test in Laredo" , "A difficult and harrowing experience" , "A difficult or harrowing time" , "Difficult and testing experience" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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