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Begin with the French getting a lift (4,3)


I believe the answer is:

lead off

'begin' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'the french getting a lift' is the wordplay.
'the french' becomes 'le' ('the' in French).
'getting' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'lift' becomes 'doff' (as in doffing your hat).

'with' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for lead off that I've seen before include "Begin, start" , "Begin the dance" , "Make a start" , "Initiate an action" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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