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Expensive dropping daughter's organ (3)


I believe the answer is:


'organ' is the definition.
(the ear is an organ)

'expensive dropping daughter's' is the wordplay.
'expensive' becomes 'dear' (similar in meaning).
'dropping' is a deletion indicator.
'daughter' becomes 'd' (genealogical abbreviation).
'dear' with 'd' removed is 'EAR'.

(Other definitions for ear that I've seen before include "Speculator ignoring British" , "Part of cereal plant containing seed" , "Spike (wheat)" , "Attention; an organ" , "Seed-bearing part of wheat" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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