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Expecting Portugal to introduce ruling (8)


I believe the answer is:


'expecting' is the definition.
(expecting can mean expecting a child)

'portugal to introduce ruling' is the wordplay.
'portugal' becomes 'p' (common abbreviation eg on car number plates).
'to introduce' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'ruling' becomes 'regnant' (as in a queen regnant, a queen who rules by birth).

(Other definitions for pregnant that I've seen before include "Expecting a baby" , "Gravid" , "loaded" , "Expecting a child" , "Carrying offspring in the womb" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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