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Butterflies embarrassed naval officers (3,8)


I believe the answer is:

red admirals

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'butterflies' is the definition.
(red admiral is a kind of butterfly)

'embarrassed naval officers' is the wordplay.
'embarrassed' becomes 'red' (I've seen this before).
'naval officers' becomes 'admirals' (admiral is a kind of officer. I am not sure about the 'naval' bit.).
'red'+'admirals'='RED ADMIRALS'

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(Other definitions for red admirals that I've seen before include "Insects", "Butterflies".)

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