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Having chopped trees a lot, took a break (6)


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'took a break' is the definition.
(resting is a kind of taking a break)

'having chopped trees a lot' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
an anagram of 'trees' is 'reste' which is present in the answer.
'lot' could be 'd' and 'd' is present in the answer.
This accounts for all the letters.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

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(Other definitions for rested that I've seen before include "Took a break from activities" , "Reposed or took a breather" , "Relaxed, took a break" , "Took break in desert" , "Took one's ease" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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