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Depresses dentist, losing IT (5)


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'depresses' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both to do with contact as well as being verbs in their -s form.
Perhaps there's an association between them I don't understand?

'dentist losing it' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'it' could be 't' (abbreviation. e.g. in 'tis) and 't' is located in the answer.
The remaining letters 'dens' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't see.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

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(Other definitions for dents that I've seen before include "reductions in size" , "Tends to create small depressions" , "Tends towards small depressions" , "Tends towards small depression" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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