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Frenchman has new tree to measure (5)


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'to measure' is the definition.
(I know this)

'frenchman has new tree' is the wordplay.
'frenchman' becomes 'm' (abbreviation for Monsieur - like 'Mr').
'has' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'new' indicates an anagram.
'tree' with letters rearranged gives 'eter'.

(Other definitions for meter that I've seen before include "Poe sometimes used this" , "Device that measures, say, electricity usage" , "Something measuring" , "Device for recording, say, usage (5)" , "Measuring device as for electricity usage (5)" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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