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Rude man badly lacking means of defence (7)


I believe the answer is:


'lacking means of defence' is the definition.
(having no weapons)

'rude man badly' is the wordplay.
'badly' indicates anagramming the letters.
'rudeman' with letters rearranged gives 'UNARMED'.

(Other definitions for unarmed that I've seen before include "Not able to go into battle" , "Type of combat" , "Like Venus de Milo" , "Having no means of defence" , "Maunder along without weapons" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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