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Old French taxes extended? Or cut at the end (8)


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'old french taxes extended?' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this defines the answer.

'cut at the end' is the wordplay.
'cut' becomes 'tail' (tailing is a kind of cutting).
'at the end' becomes 'less' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).

'or' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for tailless that I've seen before include "Like frogs and toads, say" , "Physical characteristic of Manx cat" , "Physical condition of Manx cat" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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