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It flies drunkenly near a pole (9)


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'it flies' is the definition.
The definition suggests a singular noun which matches the answer.

'drunkenly near a pole' is the wordplay.
'drunkenly' is an anagram indicator.
'nearapole' is an anagram of 'AEROPLANE'.

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(Other definitions for aeroplane that I've seen before include "Flying vehicle" , "Flier" , "What taxis" , "Flying machine" , "Eg, jumbo jet" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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