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Bloke gets lover in order (7)


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'order' is the definition.
(I know that mandate is a more specific form of the action order)

'bloke gets lover' is the wordplay.
'bloke' becomes 'man' (informal term for a man).
'gets lover' becomes 'date' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).

'in' is the link.

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(Other definitions for mandate that I've seen before include "Authority conferred on a tandem" , "Legal authorisation" , "Authority given to perform certain task" , "Decree" , "Authority to do something" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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