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Like a sandbag, it has striking potential (7)


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'it has striking potential' is the definition.
The definition suggests a singular noun which matches the answer.

'like a sandbag' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'a' could be 'an' and 'an' is found in the answer.
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(Other definitions for handbag that I've seen before include "Woman's carrier" , "Woman's holdall?" , "Container for carrying personal items" , "Purse (in America)" , "Grip" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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