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Little old peers and VIPs, terribly dictatorial (10)

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I believe the answer is:

oppressive

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Here is my best explanation:

'dictatorial' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'little old peers and vips terribly' is the wordplay.
'little' says to take the initial letters.
'and' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'terribly' indicates anagramming the letters.
The initial letter of 'old' is 'o'.
'peers'+'vips'='peersvips'
'peersvips' anagrammed gives 'ppressive'.
'o'+'ppressive'='OPPRESSIVE'

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for oppressive that I've seen before include "Difficult to bear", "Harsh, authoritarian", "cruel", "overpowering!", "Sultry" and "Tyrannical".)

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