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Former partner rang and praised highly (8)

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I believe the answer is:

extolled

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Here is my best explanation:

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

'former partner rang' is the wordplay.
'former partner' becomes 'ex'.
'rang' becomes 'tolled' (tolling is a kind of ringing).
'ex'+'tolled'='EXTOLLED'

'and' is the link.

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(Other definitions for extolled that I've seen before include "Sang the praises of", "cracked up", "Exalted", "Highly praised", "celebrated?", "Glorified, lauded", "complimented", "Enthusiastically praised", "Praised enthusiastically" and "Praised highly, lauded".)

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