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Self-confidence of a doctor behind Middle East organisation


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'self-confidence' is the definition.

'a doctor behind middle east organisation' is the wordplay.
'doctor' becomes 'mb' (Bachelor of Medicine, Medicinae Baccalaureus).
'behind' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'middle east organisation' becomes 'plo' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'mb' after 'plo' is 'plomb'.

'of' is the link.

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(Other definitions for aplomb that I've seen before include "Cool self-confidence" , "Self confidence" , "Cool self-assurance" , "coolness is required" , "Nonchalant confidence" .)

I've seen this clue in the Irish Times.
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