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Excellent way to relieve a miscreant of his money


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This could be a double definition.

'excellent' is the first definition.

'way to relieve a miscreant of his money' is the second definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I cannot see how they can define each other.

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(Other definitions for fine that I've seen before include "No special brandy" , "Fair - penalty" , "Very thin - excellent?" , "Monetary penalty - that's splendid" , "A monetary penalty - sounds great" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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