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Put off animal with time (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

deter

'put off' is the definition.
(both can mean to discourage)

'animal with time' is the wordplay.
'animal' becomes 'deer' (deer is a type of animal).
'with' indicates putting letters inside.
'time' becomes 't' (abbreviation).
'deer' enclosing 't' is 'DETER'.

(Other definitions for deter that I've seen before include "Warn off" , "stop" , "Frighten off; prevent" , "Inhibit" , "Discourage or impede" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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