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Leading Republican has row causing great public anger (6)


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'great public anger' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both acts as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe there's a link between them I don't understand?

'leading republican has row' is the wordplay.
'leading' becomes 'up' (up can mean leading in a game).
'republican' becomes 'R' (abbreviation in US politics).
'has' says to put letters next to each other.
'row' becomes 'oar' (oar can mean to row with oars).

'causing' is the link.

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(Other definitions for uproar that I've seen before include "racket" , "Loud outcry" , "Brouhaha, commotion" , "State of commotion, noise and confusion" , "Noisy tumult or fracas" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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