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Excitedly anticipating a modest backing (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

aflutter

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Here is my best explanation:

'excitedly anticipating' is the definition.

'a modest backing' is the wordplay.
'modest backing' becomes 'flutter' (flutter can mean a small bet).
'a'+'flutter'='AFLUTTER'

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This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for aflutter that I've seen before include "trembling", "is rather nervous", "Agitated - excited (eg in anticipation)", "> agitated", "Nervous, twitchy" and "in excited state".)

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