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First male worker was unyielding (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

'unyielding' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'first male worker' is the wordplay.
'first male' becomes 'adam'.
'worker' becomes 'ant' (worker is a type of ant).
'adam'+'ant'='ADAMANT'

'was' is the link.

(Other definitions for adamant that I've seen before include "Fully determined", "Obdurate and unyielding", "Inflexible: fabulously hard rock", "Refusing to budge", "Firm and unyielding".)

I've seen this clue in Sydney Morning Herald.