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Laborious effort of a few inside track (7)


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'laborious effort' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'a few inside track' is the wordplay.
'few' becomes 'v'.
'inside' indicates putting letters inside.
'track' becomes 'trail' ('trail' can be a synonym of 'track'**).
'av' put inside 'trail' is 'TRAVAIL'.

'of' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for travail that I've seen before include "Hard labour" , "painful exercise" , "Toil - anguish" , "Painful or laborious effort, like childbirth" , "Labour, toil" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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