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Roman general — one with a tight hold, we hear (7)

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I believe the answer is:

agrippa

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'roman general' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'one with a tight hold we hear' is the wordplay.
'one with' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'tight hold' becomes 'grip' (I've seen this in another clue).
'we hear' becomes 'pa' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'a' next to 'grip' is 'agrip'.
'agrip'+'pa'='AGRIPPA'

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(Other definitions for agrippa that I've seen before include "General who beat Mark Antony at Actium" , "10 [GENERAL]" , "Old general" , "Marcus -, Roman fleet commander who defeated Cleopatra at Actium" , "General advisor for emperor" .)

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