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Loose tummy muscles love getting exercise (7)


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'exercise' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are verbs in their base form, I cannot understand how they can define each other.

'loose tummy muscles love' is the wordplay.
I cannot really understand how this works, but
'muscles' could be 'abs' (short for abdominals) and 'abs' is found in the answer.
an anagram of 'love' is 'olve' which is present in the answer.
This accounts for all the letters.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

'getting' is the link.

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(Other definitions for absolve that I've seen before include "Acquit - free of blame" , "Clear of blame or quilt" , "Fully pardon" , "Declare (someone) free of guilt" , "Give pardon" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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