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Bad-tempered and sulky girl with American backing (6)


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'bad-tempered and sulky' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'girl with american backing' is the wordplay.
'girl' becomes 'nell' (girl's name).
'with' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'american' becomes 'us' (abbreviation for United States).
'backing' says the letters should be written in reverse.
'nellus' reversed gives 'SULLEN'.

(Other definitions for sullen that I've seen before include "Sulkily bad-tempered" , "Gloomy and bad-tempered" , "Resentful and unsociable in mood" , "Gloomy and petulant" , "Bad tempered, morose" .)

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