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Hit hard and take into custody (4)


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This clue could be a double definition.

'hit hard' is the first definition.
'cuff' can be an answer for 'hit' (I've seen this before). I am not certain of the 'hard' bit.

'take into custody' is the second definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'and' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for cuff that I've seen before include "[SLEUTH]" , "Light blow with the open hand" , "Turned-back hem to sleeve" , "Smack; end of shirt sleeve" , "A slap" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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