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Fashion next case after drugged male spy (10,5)


I believe the answer is:

undercover agent

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'spy' is the definition.

'fashion next case after drugged male' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'fashion' could be 'rage' (something all the rage is fashionable) and 'rage' is found within the answer.
'drugged' could be 'under' (I've seen this in another clue) and 'under' is found in the answer.
The remaining letters 'covent' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

Can you help me to learn more?

(Another definition for undercover agent that I've seen is " spy".)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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