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Gift I’d carried for top politician (9)

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I believe the answer is:

president

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Here is my best explanation:

'top politician' is the definition.

'gift i'd carried' is the wordplay.
'gift' becomes 'present' (present is a kind of gift).
'carried' indicates putting letters inside (one word carried by another word).
'present' going around 'id' is 'PRESIDENT'.

'for' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for president that I've seen before include "2's official title", "Trump, perhaps", "The chief executive of a republic", "American leader", "Head of college", "Chief executive of a republic", "Head of state has an odd red instep", "the boss", "Our head of state has a strange red instep" and "Celebrant".)

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