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Hard toenails have broken hard bit of shower (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

hailstone

'hard bit of shower' is the definition.
(hard bit of a hail shower)

'hard toenails have broken' is the wordplay.
'hard' becomes 'h' (abbreviation used in pencil classifications).
'have broken' indicates an anagram.
'toenails' is an anagram of 'ailstone'.
'h'+'ailstone'='HAILSTONE'

(Other definitions for hailstone that I've seen before include "bit icy", "drop of ice", "sign of cold weather", "It lands with a noise", "a drop of the hard stuff?".)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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