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Army without backing for decoration (6)


I believe the answer is:


'decoration' is the definition.
(tassel is a kind of decoration)

'army without backing' is the wordplay.
'army' becomes 'ta' (abbreviation for Territorial Army).
'without' becomes 'less'.
'backing' is a reversal indicator.
'less' written backwards gives 'ssel'.

'for' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for tassel that I've seen before include "Hanging bunch of cords" , "Ornamental tuft of threads" , "Decorative hanging tuft" , "Hanger-on perhaps" , "Decorative tuft of threads" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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