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Defector has a go at undermining company (8)


I believe the answer is:


'defector' is the definition.
(turncoat is a kind of defector)

'a go at undermining company' is the wordplay.
'a go' becomes 'turn' (as in one's go or turn in a game).
'undermining' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'company' becomes 'co' (abbreviation).
'at' after 'co' is 'coat'.

'has' is the link.

(Other definitions for turncoat that I've seen before include "Traitor, defector" , "Judas" , "Actor nut may be a traitor" , "Traitor with inverted garment" , "Traitor with reversed garment" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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