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Carpets are best beaten (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

berates

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Here is my best explanation:

'carpets' is the definition.
(carpet can informally mean to criticise)

'are best beaten' is the wordplay.
'beaten' indicates an anagram.
'are'+'best'='arebest'
'arebest' is an anagram of 'BERATES'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for berates that I've seen before include "is a scold", "Scolds" and "Upbraids".)

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