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Militia crazy to jettison leader (4)


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'militia' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'crazy to jettison leader' is the wordplay.
'crazy' becomes 'barmy' (I've seen this before).
'to jettison leader' means to remove the first letter (the letter which leads the word is removed).
'barmy' with its first letter taken off is 'ARMY'.

(Other definitions for army that I've seen before include "Ground forces", "Fighting force", "Large military body", "Military land forces", "Military land force".)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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