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Do, kind of, have a partner (7)

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I believe the answer is:

consort

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Here is my best explanation:

'partner' is the definition.
('consort' can be a synonym of 'partner')

'do kind' is the wordplay.
'do' becomes 'con'.
'kind' becomes 'sort' ('sort' can be a synonym of 'kind'**).
'con'+'sort'='CONSORT'

'of have a' is the link.
I am not very happy about this link. Some or all of it may belong to another bit of the clue.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for consort that I've seen before include "companion", "Monarch's husband", "Associate", "Prince Albert?", "Companion; ship sailing with another", "Small group; spouse", "Husband or wife of a monarch", "Partner", "Group playing music" and "Hang out with".)

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