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Manifestation of pride to precede fall: land here? (8)


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'land here?' is the definition.
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'manifestation of pride to precede fall' is the wordplay.
'manifestation of pride' becomes 'airs' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'to precede' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'fall' becomes 'trip' (as in tripping over).

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(Other definitions for airstrip that I've seen before include "essential to a Kennedy" , "Temporary runway" , "Place for taking off" , "Small flying field" , "Simple runway" .)

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