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Drive time's up unfortunately (7)


I believe the answer is:


'drive' is the definition.
(impetus is a drive to do something)

'time's up unfortunately' is the wordplay.
'unfortunately' is an anagram indicator (a bad or unfortunate spelling).
'timesup' is an anagram of 'IMPETUS'.

(Other definitions for impetus that I've seen before include "Driving force, momentum" , "Motivation" , "Incentive - time's up (anag)" , "influence" , "Momentum, stimulus" .)

I've seen this clue in The Irish Times.
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