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Dubious deal on defender (8)


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'dubious' is the definition.
Both the answer and definition are adjectives. Maybe they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'deal on defender' is the wordplay.
'deal' becomes 'hand' (synonyms).
'on' says to put letters next to each other.
'defender' becomes 'back' (left-backs and right-backs are football defenders).
'hand' after 'back' is 'BACKHAND'.

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(Other definitions for backhand that I've seen before include "Tennis stroke" , "A racket stroke" , "flourish in court" , "stroke, in court" , "shot, sportingly?" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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