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Like a bird at the back (6)

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I believe the answer is:

astern

'at the back' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'like a bird' is the wordplay.
'like' becomes 'as'.
'a bird' becomes 'tern' (tern is a kind of bird).
'as'+'tern'='ASTERN'

(Other definitions for astern that I've seen before include "Nautically behind" , "Toward the back of a boat" , "back for sailors" , "Toward the tail of a vessel" , "Behind the back of a ship" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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