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Revere rear-facing paddle on large boat (7)


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'revere' is the definition.
(I know that revere can be written as worship)

'rear-facing paddle on large boat' is the wordplay.
'rear' says the letters should be written backwards (I've seen 'rearing' mean this (as in a horse rearing up)).
'facing paddle on' becomes 'row' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'large boat' becomes 'ship' (I've seen this before).
'row' in reverse letter order is 'wor'.

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(Other definitions for worship that I've seen before include "Adore, venerate" , "idolisation" , "Religious devotion" , "religious service" , "Devotions" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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