Crossword Genius

Composer taking brief holidays by the end of August (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

holst

'composer' is the definition.
(Gustav Holst)

'brief holidays by the end of august' is the wordplay.
'brief holidays' becomes 'hols' (informal abbreviation; 'brief' asks for an abbreviation).
'by' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'the end of' indicates one should take the final letters.
The final letter of 'august' is 't'.
'hols'+'t'='HOLST'

'taking' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for holst that I've seen before include "Scorer" , "Gustav --, English composer" , "Composer of The Planets, d. 1934" , "He scored" , "Planets Suite composer" .)

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