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Labourer's assistant could be so devious (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

underhand

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Here is my best explanation:

'devious' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'labourer's assistant could be' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'labourer' could be 'hand' (hand is a kind of labourer) and 'hand' is present in the answer.
The remaining letters 'under' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't see.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

'so' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for underhand that I've seen before include "Secret and sly", "Done dishonestly", "In a secret or dishonest way", "delivery may be so made", "Sneaky", "Done in sly or secret way", "done deviously through cover", "Deceitful", "way of delivering service." and "sneaky".)

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