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Old American journalist (4)


I believe the answer is:


'old' is the definition.
(as in used or second-hand items)

'american journalist' is the wordplay.
'american' becomes 'us' (abbreviation for United States).
'journalist' becomes 'ed' (short for editor).

(Other definitions for used that I've seen before include "Sued, having been employed" , "worked unfairly" , "Was treating" , "was milking" , "Prepossessed, perhaps" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times and The Sunday Times.
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